Monday 19 April 2021

ABN Amro to pay €480m to settle money laundering investigation out of court

ABN Amro to pay €480m to settle money laundering investigation out of court

ABN Amro has agreed to pay €480m in an out of court settlement for violating Dutch anti-money laundering and counter terrorism funding rules, the public prosecution department said on Monday. The bank had broken the law for ‘a number of years and on a structural basis’, the department said. In addition, three former members of the bank’s board of directors have been identified as suspects who were effectively responsible for breaking the law. The criminal investigation revealed that over a... More >

Ministers 'more optimistic' about April 28

Ministers are said to be ‘more positive’ about the likelihood of opening pavement cafes and abolishing the curfew from April 28, sources in The Hague have told broadcaster NOS and the Telegraaf newspaper after Sunday’s cabinet talks. Ministers are waiting for the infection rates for Monday and Tuesday before taking a decision but say developments are more promising than expected, NOS said. Prime minister Mark Rutte and health minister Hugo de Jonge are due to hold a press conference on... More >

Ajax beat Vitesse 2-1 to win KNVB Cup

Amsterdam football club Ajax has won the KNVB Cup for the 20th time, with a 2-1 win over Vitesse of Arnhem. Substitute David Neres scored the winning goal for the Amsterdammers in the first minute of extra time. Match report 🎉 CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, COME ON! 🥳#ajavit 🏆 — AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) April 18, 2021 Ajax next play FC Utrecht on Thursday in a catch up game. If they win, and then go on to beat AZ on Sunday,... More >

Northern provinces call for new rail link

The four northern provinces of Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe and Flevoland have said they have the space to build an additional 220,000 homes in the coming years, but only if the railway infrastructure is improved. ‘In order to make the necessary contribution to housing stocks and to realise economic growth potential, excellent national, international and regional accessibility is essential,’ the provinces say in a plan for the next government. In particular the provinces are pushing for the development of the Lelylijn... More >

Ticks go for children's necks and scalps

Children are more likely to be bitten by ticks in the neck and scalp than thought, researchers have found, and parents are being urged to check those spots particularly carefully now that the tick season has started. The recommendation comes from Wageningen University and national health institute RIVM which analysed some 2,000 tick bites from 2019 and 2020. They found that in 32% of cases involving children, the tick had bitten their neck or scalp. In adults, however, ticks concentrate... More >

Classic boats lose to tourist booze cruise

In one blow, Nico Bax will see the Classic Boat Dinners business he built up over 15 years go up in smoke. Bax, a chef and wine enthusiast who hosts luxury dinners on two classic gentleman’s launches, has lost one of his licences in a new Amsterdam city lottery system. He is one of more than 20,000 people to sign a petition protesting that local transport rules could kill family businesses and see the traditional, wooden pleasure fleet disappear from... More >

Red card from Dutch for super league plan

The Dutch football association has issued a statement saying it fully supports Uefa in its opposition to the formation of a super league of European clubs. The Super League is not in the interests of Dutch football, the KNVB said on Twitter. De KNVB staat volledig achter dit statement van de UEFA, de Super League is niet in het belang van het Nederlands voetbal. — KNVB (@KNVB) April 18, 2021 In total 12 English, Spanish and Italian clubs on... More >

Thousands say concert should be cancelled

Over 115,000 people have signed a petition drawn up by a Breda hospital doctor calling on the government to scrap a planned outdoor concert with 10,000 people in the city. The doctor and other hospital workers say the event, part of the government’s Fieldlab experiments, is a ‘slap in the face to the healthcare workers in the hospital just 400 metres away’. The petition follows a letter sent by the Amphia Ziekenhuis director to Breda mayor Paul Depla ‘raising questions’... More >

Museum Week online with 400 star objects

Some 400 museums in the Netherlands will be showcasing their collections online at this year’s Museum Week, an annual event to promote Dutch museums big and small, which starts on Sunday. This year’s overarching theme is once again that of freedom, referring both to regret at the lack of freedom to come and go among the Rembrandts and the Appels, while at the same time celebrating the efforts museums are making to secure public online access to ‘the true gold’... More >

Sisters can stay in NL after all: IND

Two young women who put themselves through school, partly while living in a windowless storage space bordering on Amsterdam’s A10 ring road, will not be deported to Morocco after all. Sisters Sofia and Najoua Sabbar, aged 21 and 24, came to the Netherlands with their mother as a seven and four-year-old and applied for papers in 2019, when both had turned 18. Their applications were twice rejected by the IND, and when the sisters won their case in court the... More >

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