Tuesday 11 May 2021

PSV player's family tied up and robbed

Police have released descriptions of the two men who attacked the family of PSV striker Eran Zahavi in Amstelveen over the weekend and are calling for witnesses to come forward. Zahavi received a telephone call from police telling him of the attack when he was on his way to Sunday’s Eredivisie game against Willem II. The attackers, who were armed and pretended to be postal workers, tied up the player’s wife and children, taped their mouths shut and left, having... More >

Dutch researcher films elusive primate

Dutch World Wildlife Fund conservationist Jaap van der Waarde has captured the first footage of a type of monkey long thought to be extinct in a Congolese nature park. Van der Waarde took up the trail of Bouvier’s red colobus after a Belgian biologist spotted and photographed the animal in 2015. His journey, which took him to the Ntokou-Pikounda National Park in Congo, was not an easy one, he told broadcaster NOS. ‘It took three days on foot in the... More >

Google and Apple rule govt app roost in NL

Government apps are only available to people who are Google and Apple clients excluding those who wish to use or offer alternatives and therefore promoting unfair competition, experts have told the Financieele Dagblad. Government online services, such as the tax office and social benefits agency UWV, can only be safely accessed by people who agree to the Google or Apple account terms and conditions. Those who don’t want to have to contend with a less safe environment or functionality or... More >

Temporary bridge floats through Rotterdam

Transport ministry officials have successfully started moving a 200 metre long temporary bridge on pontoons through the centre of Rotterdam to its new location at the Maasvlakte industrial area. The bridge, which is 40 metres high and 20 metres wide, is being moved by tugs to its new location next to the existing Suurhoff bridge, which is being renovated. The Suurhoff bridge is a important link between the city and the port area. The transport will resume on Monday night... More >

Company doctors unsure about long Covid

Company doctors are struggling to advise workers with long Covid, or the long term, often debilitating after-effects of a coronavirus infection, a survey by the Dutch association of company doctors NVAB has shown. Some 80% of the 400 respondents said they lacked the knowledge to properly estimate what treatment people with long Covid need and that they need more information. ‘Some of the doctors are wondering if what they are seeing is really related to Covid,’ NVAB chair Gert-Jan Beens... More >

Extra lessons to help schools catch up

Teachers, schools and education experts have drawn up a list of suggestions which schools can choose from to make up for lost time caused by the coronavirus closures. The government said earlier it would spend €6bn on helping primary and secondary schools to catch up, and the list of options is meant to help schools decide what specific action to take. The ideas include increasing the school day, giving extra lessons to certain pupils and one on one sessions. Summer... More >

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