Wednesday 21 August 2019

Stargazers wanted: here's your chance to name a planet

Stargazers wanted: here's your chance to name a planet

From today, people in the Netherlands can come up with suggestions for the name of a planet and a star, which currently go by the moniker HAT-P-6b and HAT-P-6. The planet, more than 910 light years away, was discovered in 2007 and is part of the constellation of Andromeda, orbiting the star HAT-P-6. Nearly 100 countries signed up to the International Astronomical Union’s programme to name a new batch of planets as part of the organisation’s centenary celebrations. The aim... More >

Shooter video games in top security prison

Prisoners at the high security terrorism wing of Vught jail have been playing violent first person shooter games in their cells, the Telegraaf said on Wednesday. The games, such as Brothers in Arms – Earned in Blood and Halo 4 – are based on the player using guns, knives and explosives to wipe out enemies and passersby. Call of Duty, which has been used in IS propaganda films, was also available, the paper said. The games were removed from the... More >

Minister visits Thailand in cannabis case

Justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus is travelling to Thailand this week for talks on the possible repatriation of a Brabant coffee shop owner who was sentenced to 103 years in jail in 2015 for money laundering the profits. Grapperhaus has told parliament he will meet Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the justice minister Somsak Thepsutin on Friday to discuss the case, but would give no more details because of the ‘diplomatic nature’ of the visit. Earlier this year, MPs called... More >

Amsterdam waste company up for sale

Amsterdam is putting its troubled waste disposal company AEB up for sale and if no buyer is found will embark on its own ‘far-reaching overhaul’, city officials have agreed. ‘It goes without saying that public services must be guaranteed, but that does not have to happen in the current form,’ the city’s executive board said in a statement to the full council. Earlier this month the government announced the Netherlands is to stop importing waste from abroad because of problems... More >

Ajax have lucky escape in Cyprus

Amsterdam football club Ajax managed no more than a 0-0 away draw against APOEL of Cyprus in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier tie. Ajax were down to 10 men with 10 minutes left on the clock after Noussair Mazraoui was sent off for a second yellow card. Five other Dutch players, including captain Dusan Tadic, were given a yellow card during the bad-tempered match. The return leg takes place at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam next... More >

Man jailed for trying to kill kids by fire

A 32-year-old father from Eindhoven has been jailed for eight years, to be followed by psychiatric prison, for trying to kill his three children by setting his home on fire. The man himself called the fire brigade to alert them to the blaze. He was found in the attic with the three children, aged three, four and nine. Firemen were able to rescue the family, but research into the blaze showed that it had been started deliberately. The man, who... More >

Healthcare costs continue to rise

Three quarters of patients end up with extra bills on top of their health insurance premiums, according to research by patient lobby group Patientenfederatie. In particular, people who have long-term illnesses end up paying additional costs, lobby group director Dianda Veldman told broadcaster RTL Nieuws. ‘They all end up paying more, for healthcare and other issues,’ she said. ‘And if you don’t have much to start with, it can be tough.’ Almost half the people who said they faced top-up... More >

Holiday firms urged to sell train tickets

Dutch railway company NS is to encourage travel companies, hotels and lease car firms to start selling train tickets in an effort to get more people to use trains, the Financieele Dagblad reported on Tuesday. The new NS partners will buy in train kilometres and sell them on to their clients according to their own pricing structures, the paper said. Until now, the NS has retain control of ticket sales, although supermarkets such as Albert Heijn and high street stores... More >

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