Monday 13 July 2020




Farmers Defence Force fails in ultimatum

The Farmers Defence Force protest group has apparently failed in its bid to give the government an ultimatum of July 21 to scrap its plan to reduce protein supplements for cattle. A government spokesman has told national broadcaster NOS that it has noted the ‘ultimatum’ but said that the emergency environmental protection law has been passed by both houses of parliament. In an attempt to reduce nitrogen-based emissions, the government has ruled that farmers should restrict extra protein given to... More >





More cover for COVID aftercare: institute

Care for people with long-term Covid-19 symptoms should be covered by the basic healthcare insurance, the government national healthcare institute has said. At the moment rehabilitation treatment such as physiotherapy and cognitive therapy are limited to a few hours, after which patients need to pay from their own pocket or through supplementary insurance. In a recommendation to medical care minister Tamara van Ark, the healthcare adviser Zorginstituut Nederland said the basic healthcare package should be expanded to cover long-term Covid... More >




Drenthe steakhouse closed for coronavirus

A steakhouse in Drenthe has closed on the advice of health officials after two people working in the restaurant tested positive for coronavirus. The wife of the owner and a member of staff at Ribhouse Big Texas in Wanneperveen have caught the virus, along with a third person living in the village, the local safety board for IJsselland confirmed. Enquiries are being carried out to trace the source of the infection. Spokeswoman Karla Kuiperij said the investigation was focusing on... More >



Jumbo to close 23 La Place branches

Supermarket group Jumbo is closing 23 of its 80 La Place restaurant branches and will aim to find jobs for the 480 affected staff at other La Place branches or at the company’s supermarkets. A spokesman for the company told the Financieele Dagblad that La Place has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis and the 23 branches, nine of which are situated beside motorways, are no longer viable. ‘We have been working hard in the last couple of months... More >


Explosive found in Groningen flat

Around 400 grams of the explosive triacetontriperoxide (TATP) was discovered in a flat in Groningen where a huge explosion took place in May, according to Dutch prosecutors. Two men will appear before the court on 30 July linked with the explosion, the service announced. Explosives expert Jan Kapel told public broadcaster NOS that the amount of dangerous substances discovered at the apartment in Wibenaheerd was ‘enough to blow up a tank’. A 27-year-old man who lived in the flat and... More >



Short-track skater, 27, dies in France

Dutch short track skater Lara van Ruijven died early on Friday evening, speed skating association KNSB has announced. The 27-year old 500 metre world champion was taken ill while training for the national selection in the French Pyrenees on June 25 and was admitted to a hospital in Perpignan. On the 29th it became clear her immune system had been seriously compromised and Van Ruijen suffered internal bleeding, including on the brain. After being operated on twice she was kept... More >








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