Monday 21 September 2020

Chips for pet cats and traps for strays: Texel cracks down on feral felines

Chips for pet cats and traps for strays: Texel cracks down on feral felines

Forestry commission workers on the Wadden Sea island of Texel will start a campaign to catch the 200 stray cats thought to be living on the island next month. The cats catch an estimated 50,000 birds and small mammals on the island every year, and pose a particular threat to the locally endangered root vole, the Northern wheatear and the black tailed godwit, officials say. On October 3, cat owners on the island will be able to visit a drop-in... More >

Unions, employers call for pension clarity

The FNV trade union federation and employers organisations VNO-NCW and MKB Nederland have joined forces to urge the cabinet to come up with new transitional agreement to ease the shift to a new pensions system. The new system will be implemented in 2026, if passed in parliament, but companies and funds can begin making the switch in 2022. In a nutshell, in the new system, the size of pensions will not be based on coverage ratios and official interest rates,... More >

More days of summer and first ground frost

Monday and Tuesday will be sunny and warm for the time of year, with the temperature reaching the mid 20s Celsius over most of the country, although it will be a little cooler on the coast, weather bureau KNMI says. By Wednesday, however, there will be more cloud with light showers, and on Thursday and Friday it will be wet, with the temperature dropping to no more than 16 Celsius by the end of the week. Monday and Tuesday evening... More >

Raising the wreck of a wartime bomber

Seventy-seven years after it plunged into the waters of the Markermeer, a wartime bomber is giving up its secrets fragment by fragment. The BK716 Short Stirling plane was shot down on March 29, 1943, on its way back from a raid on Berlin. All seven crew – five British and two Canadian servicemen – are thought to have perished in the crash. The recovery operation began on August 31, following a decade-long campaign led by families and the Aircraft Recovery... More >