Thursday 19 September 2019

Haarlemermeer closes its massage parlours

All six massage salons in the local authority area of Haarlemmermeer have been closed down after they were found to be offering clients sex, the council said on its website. One of the massage parlours may also have been involved in human trafficking and the police have been called in, the website said. Mayor Marianne Schuurmans has closed the salons for a three month period. ‘It is illegal to offer sexual services for money without a permit,’ the mayor said... More >

Man dies in fall in Swiss Alps

A Dutchman has died after falling while walking with a group of tourists in the Swiss Alps. Swiss police said the 54-year-old man lost his balance and fell 200 metres while walking through snow at a height of 2,560 metres, NOS reported. The man was one of a group of six Dutch tourists visiting the area of the Lac de Mauvoisin reservoir in the canton of Valais. Two helicopters were sent to the scene, but the victim died before they... More >

Public transport strike in The Hague

No trains and buses are running in The Hague from 6am until 10am on Wednesday morning because of a strike. The unions FNV and CNV called a strike for employees of the city transport company HTM in protest at the failure to agree better working conditions. They want higher wages and less pressure. HTM said in a release online that trams and buses are expected to resume normal service at around 11.30am, adding that it was ‘extremely annoying that travellers... More >

VVD heads six-party Gelderland government

Six parties have agreed a deal to run Gelderland’s provincial government for the next four years, but nationalist party Forum voor Democratie will not be involved. Forum won eight seats in the regional elections in March, the same number as the VVD, which narrowly topped the poll. The VVD have formed a coalition with CDA, GroenLinks, PvdA, ChristenUnie and SGP. The six parties hold 33 of the 55 seats in Gelderland’s provincial assembly, giving them a comfortable majority. The VVD... More >