Friday 07 May 2021

Turkey beat Oranje in World Cup qualifier

The Netherlands had a disappointing start to their World Cup qualifying campaign on Wednesday night, losing 4-2 away to Turkey. A hat trick by veteran player Burak Yilmaz helped see off the Group G favourites in what Dutch media describe as an embarrassing defeat. Dutch captain Georginio Wijnaldum, standing in for the injured Virgil van Dijk, said after the game: ‘given the missed opportunities, you could say Turkey wanted it even more.’ Coach Frank de Boer said the Turkish side... More >

Positive coronavirus test total up again

In total, 6,446 positive coronavirus tests were reported to the public health institute RIVM in the 24 hours to Saturday morning. The total is up 405 on Friday and the highest number in two months. Over the past week, an average of 5121 people a day have tested positive for the virus. The sharp rise on Friday and Saturday means there has been a 13% increase in the number of positive tests in a week. This is partly due to... More >

Support for coronavirus measures drops

One year after the first coronavirus case in the Netherlands, support for the government’s strategy is falling, new research by the public health institute RIVM shows. In particular, fewer than half the 54,000 people who took part in the survey think the curfew and the limit on home visitor numbers are having an impact in stopping the spread of the virus. Nevertheless, the survey shows that 92% of the population are sticking to the curfew rules and 81% are limiting... More >

Four cows die, 12 rescued from manure pit

Firefighters spent eight hours on Sunday trying to rescue 16 cows who became trapped in a manure pit. Four of the animals died after the floor of their cowshed in the Limburg village of Lemiers collapsed, plunging them into the pit, De Limburger reported. The others were driven to the entrance of the pit before being strapped into a harness and lifted out by crane. A spokesman for the Zuid-Limburg regional safety council said it was not known what caused... More >

Tax office to refund tax on poker winnings

The Dutch tax office has decided repay tax which it had levied over the winnings of dozens of online poker players, dating back to 2012, website said on Friday. The decision follows a complicated string of legal proceedings centering on where the website was based. The tax office argued that the company is based on the Isle of Man and is not an EU country. The players, however, said the company is based on EU member Malta. Gamblers... More >

Police break up illegal demo in Amsterdam

Riot police cleared an illegal demonstration from Amsterdam’s Museumplein on Sunday, but there was no repeat of the violence of the previous two weekends. The demonstration, for the third Sunday in a row, was called by people opposed to the coronavirus measures and the curfew, but had been banned by city officials. Some 600 people had gathered for the protest, which was broken up by police at around 4pm. Earlier in the afternoon, police had arrested 30 people who had... More >

Police report fewer New Year incidents

Although the firework ban was widely ignored, and dozens of cars were set on fire, police and the emergency services were called out some 30% fewer times than during ‘normal’ New Year celebrations, officials say. Police will give a statement about the night’s events on Friday afternoon, once they have a better picture of the number of arrests and main incidents. However, eye expert Tjeerd de Faber from Rotterdam’s specialist eye clinic told the Telegraaf this had been ‘the quietest... More >

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