Wednesday 29 January 2020

Weather: wet, mild and more to come

January may have been exceptionally mild this year, but some sleet and wet snow did fall in the north and north east of the Netherlands on Tuesday. The light covering of snow was short-lived in temperatures as high as 7 Celsius, but locals were quick to upload photos of the only snow fall in the north so far this winter. UPdate 15:20. In het noordoosten van #Nederland transformeert de #regen regelmatig in een winterse neerslagvorm. Beelden afkomstig uit #Grongingen! #sneeuw... More >

Three negative coronavirus tests in NL

Three people in the Netherlands have so far been tested for the coronavirus but all three were false alarms, the health ministry has confirmed. Doctors are required by law to alert the authorities if they suspect someone may have the disease and to send throat swabs to the public health institute RIVM for emergency testing. All three people tested had recently been in the Chinese province of Hubei, where the epicentre Wuhan is situated. Dutch hospitals are currently carrying out... More >

Leiden tops most Dutch congested city list

Car drivers in Leiden had to put up with the longest delays in Dutch traffic last year, according to an analysis by satnav maker TomTom. On average, drivers in Leiden spent 30% longer on their journeys because of heavy traffic and in rush hour a 30 minute journey took an average of 48 minutes, TomTom said. The finds come from the latest edition of the TomTom Traffic Index,which measures traffic delays worldwide, based on information from 600 million satnav systems.... More >

Woman again not guilty of baby deaths

A 41-year-old woman from Amersfoort has been found not guilty of killing her two babies for a second time. The babies were found hidden in her home in 2014 after Johanna H turned herself into the police. She was first found not guilty by a lower court, which ruled the cause of death could not be established and no-one could say for certain if the babies were born dead or alive. But the Supreme Court later ruled that the case... More >

'Stop locking children up in police cells'

An influential Dutch advisory committee is urging the government to make sure that minors do not get locked up in police cells if they are suspected of a crime. Currently children over the age of 11 can be locked in a police cell pending questioning, and if a serious crime is involved, can be held for up to three days. According to the Council for the Administration of Criminal Justice and Protection of Juveniles, in 2018, over 21,600 minors were... More >

Dutch retailers gear up for Amazon

Online retailers in the Netherlands are gearing up to cope with the arrival of global giant Amazon which is expected to open its dedicated Dutch platform in the first quarter of this year. But experts are divided about how much market share Amazon will be able to take, given that the Dutch online retail sector is dominated by strong local players such as and Coolblue. Online sales in the Netherlands reached over €18bn in the first nine months of... More >

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