Thursday 30 June 2022

Rain forces royals to pose for summer holiday photos indoors

Rain forces royals to pose for summer holiday photos indoors

The Dutch royal family have once again posed for their annual summer photographs, but bad weather forced the king, queen and their three daughters to move the session from the beach to the Noordeinde palace in The Hague. The summer photo session marks the start of the royal family’s summer break and is meant to ensure that their actual holiday remains free of Dutch paparazzi. They also traditionally pose in the Austrian alps while on a winter sports trip. However,... More >

Right wing tv show 'spread misinformation'

Right wing television channel Ongehoord Nederland (ON) has broken the public broadcasting sector’s journalistic code of ethics by spreading wrongful information and not differentiating between fact and opinion, the broadcasting ombudsman said on Tuesday. Margo Smit was responding to a string of complaints about the broadcaster’s programming since it was admitted to the public system (NPO) in January. ON (the Netherlands’ unheard) is closely aligned with far-right parties such as Geert Wilders’s PVV and Forum voor Democratie and has been... More >

Lego launches Van Gogh's Starry Night

Lego fans who are also into art will soon be able to combine the two and hang their very own Starry Night on the wall. The idea to recreate Vincent van Gogh’s masterpiece came from 25-year-old Truman Cheng from Hong Kong, who submitted the idea via the Lego Ideas platform, where fans can come up with suggestions for new kits. In total, it takes 2,316 bricks to put together a 3D version of the work, painted in 1889 while Van... More >

DNB acts on illegal crypto companies: FD

The Dutch government has taken action against illegally-operating crypto currency companies for the first time, the Financieele Dagblad said on Thursday. Many foreign crypto currency firms are not registered with the central bank, which threatened last year to take legal action against them because unregulated firms are not compliant with anti money laundering regulations. Last year the bank started legal action against 18 companies and in 14 cases, the crypto currency firm either left the Netherlands or registered with the... More >

North Sea boost for offshore wind energy

The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Belgium have signed a deal to massively increase the number of North Sea wind farms and build a joint network to bring the electricity onshore. The deal, signed in Esbjerg in Denmark on Wednesday, envisages expanding capacity to 65 gigawatts in 2030 and 150 gigawatts by 2050. Some of the electricity from the offshore wind farms will be used to produce hydrogen, which is seen as the way to offset the use of fossil fuels... More >

Storms will hit the north on Thursday

The temperature topped 30 Celsius in Arcen in Limburg on Wednesday, making it the first day of the year with ‘official’ tropical temperatures. Over the past 30 years, it has taken until early June for the temperature to rise above 30 Celsius, and last year it was not until June 16 that it did so, weather bureau Weerplaza reported. On Thursday, however, the picture changes, as storms and strong winds move in, particularly in the north and west of the... More >