Monday 19 August 2019

Six-way tie for Eredivisie lead as Utrecht and AZ drop first points

Six-way tie for Eredivisie lead as Utrecht and AZ drop first points

Ajax are top of the Eredivisie on goal difference after Utrecht and AZ Alkmaar both dropped their first points of the season at the weekend. The Amsterdammers head a group of six clubs on seven points following a 4-1 away win over VVV Venlo. It took until the 44th minute for Hakim Ziyech to open the scoring, but a Dusan Tadic penalty – the fourth awarded to Ajax in the space of a week – and strikes by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar... More >

Dog walker murder suspect confesses

The student suspected of murdering three people who were out walking their dogs earlier this year has confessed to the killings. Thijs H was appearing in court for a procedural hearing, during which he said that he had been instructed by voices in his head to carry out the crimes. H also told the court he would cooperate fully with plans to send him to the Pieter Baan psychiatric clinic for an assessment. H, who is studying for a Master’s... More >

Men's life expectancy gap widens

Today’s new pensioners with a college or university degree will live an average of four to five years longer than those with vocational qualifications, the national statistics agency CBS said on Friday. Men with a degree are now expected to enjoy 22 years of retirement, while men with few qualifications will live a further 17 years, the CBS said. In addition, the life expectancy gap for men has grown a full year since the period 2011 to 2014. For women,... More >

Letter to Putin: award for Dutch pensioner

A 92-year-old Dutch peace campaigner has received a Russian foreign ministry award after writing to president Vladimir Putin saying he wanted to improve the relationship between Russia and the west. Albert Gietelink from Almelo was given the award by Russia’s ambassador to the Netherlands Alexander Shulgin, who told news agency Tass this is the first time a Dutchman has been given the award for ‘interaction’. Gietelink told local broadcaster RTV Oost he did not expect any reaction when he sent... More >

Dutch pension fends poised to cut payouts

The two biggest Dutch pension funds – ABP and Zorg & Welzijn – are now extremely likely to be faced with cutting pensions for teachers, civil servants and healthcare workers next year. Both funds’ coverage ratio fell to below 95% in July – which means they only have assets to cover 95% of their pension responsibilities. If the coverage ratios do not improve by the end of December, cuts will have to be made. The two funds are responsible for... More >

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