Thursday 04 March 2021

First vaccine dose for all 'by July'

Everyone in the Netherlands who wants to be vaccinated against coronavirus will have been able to have at least their first shot by early July, if deliveries hold up, health minister Hugo de Jonge told television show Op1 on Tuesday night. Ministers said earlier it would be the autumn before everyone had had their first dose. However, the speed at which vaccinations are proceeding and availability give rise to more optimism, De Jonge said. The government estimates 85% of adults... More >

Dutch to sue Fiat Chrysler over emissions

The Netherlands has submitted a complaint against Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) to the public prosecutions department for fiddling with the emissions reports for diesel-powered Jeeps, junior infrastructure minister Stientje van Veldhoven said. The infrastructure ministry is also investigating possible fraud involving the Suzuki Vitara, which has a FCA motor, the minister said. In addition, the vehicle licencing authority RDW is looking into potential problems with 14 more vehicles, following a European Court of Justice ruling last December, the minister said, in answer... More >

Women face jail for dating website con

Two women from Utrecht should be given jail terms for conning four vulnerable men out of a total of €418,000 after pretending to be their love interest, the public prosecution department told a court on Tuesday. The 32-year-old woman approached the men – usually older and divorced – via dating websites and once contact had been established, began to spin tales about her financial difficulties. The other woman, in reality her mother-in-law, played other parts in the story, including that... More >

One in five don't know how to vote

One in five people have still not made up their minds who to vote for in the general election on March 17 and 23% plan to switch to a different party from last time round, according to researchers at the VU University and Kieskompas. In addition, researchers see three main electoral battlefields emerging, with just two weeks to go in the campaign, broadcaster NOS reported on Wednesday. Firstly, there is a struggle to attract the far right vote. People still... More >

Covid is sinking traditional Dutch ships

The Dutch fleet of some 400 traditional flat bottomed sailing boats, is foundering and must be included in the Unesco world heritage list to ensure its survival, worried provincial authorities have warned. The ships, which are now mainly rented out to tourists and for day trips, are in dire straits because of the coronavirus crisis and new environmental requirements, the Telegraaf reported on Wednesday. A place on the Unesco list would protect the ships and make them more popular as... More >

Covid rules relaxed: what you can do today

Some of the most stringent coronavirus measures in the Netherlands are being relaxed from Wednesday. Here’s an update of what you can do from today. Shops Non food shops, which have been closed since mid December, can reopen and serve customers by appointment. The appointment must have been made at least four hours ahead of the visit, and no more than two customers will be allowed per floor. Each appointment must be for at least 10 minutes, with no more... More >

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