Thursday 24 October 2019

Double Dutch? Civil servants to get lessons in plain speaking

Double Dutch? Civil servants to get lessons in plain speaking

Some 100 Dutch language experts are being drafted in to help make civil servants easier to understand, the home affairs ministry said on Wednesday. Hundreds of articles are up for review and by the end of this year, the 100 most used letters, website texts and brochures should have been improved, the ministry said. By the end of 2020, that total should have reached 1,000. The aim of the project to make sure civil servants use language which the man... More >

Man shot dead outside pizzeria in Amsterdam west, one suspect arrested

One man has been killed and second person seriously injured in a shooting incident outside a pizzeria on the Hugo de Grootplein in the west of Amsterdam. The shooting took place at 15.45 when the square was crowded with people. An eyewitness from the nearby bakery said she heard four shots ‘and panic broke out’.’The wife of the man who was shot started to scream really hard,’ she said. The man who died was the owner of the pizzeria, locals... More >

Dutch police hunt Scottish crime gang

Dutch police say they are now hunting a Scottish criminal in connection with the murder of crime reporter and former criminal Martin Kok in December 2016. The man police want to question is named as Christopher Hughes, a 30-year-old from Glasgow who they suspect may have lured Kok to his death outside a sex club in Laren. Kok was shot dead outside the Boccaccio club just hours after surviving an earlier attempt on his life in Amsterdam. The Netherlands’ most... More >

Investigators find more insurance fraud

Last year, insurance experts identified nearly 13,000 cases of fraud involving private individuals, up over 300 cases on 2017 and a new record, the insurance crime agency CBV said on Wednesday. However, the total amount of the fraud – €82m – was around 20% down on 2017, the CBV said. In one case highlighted by the agency, a woman claimed for damage to her expensive coat, bag and Louis Vuitton shoes when her scooter was involved in an accident with... More >

Energy efficiency ups price of new homes

New rules on energy efficiency which will come into force next summer will put up the cost of building a new home by between 11.5% and 16.5%, further pressuring the housing market, the Financieele Dagblad said on Wednesday. The claim is based on figures from data processing company BDB, which monitors construction costs. ‘This price rise does not include inflation and higher wages, and the impact will be strong,’ Maarten in ‘t Veld from civil engineering group Arcadis, which owns... More >

Video: Mopen driver has narrow escape

A drunken moped driver had a luck escape at a level crossing in the town of Den Dolder earlier this week, when a train clipped the back of his vehicle as he drove across the tracks. The driver ignored both the lights and the barriers warning him to stop and was hit by the train as he crossed the track. But he got up, apparently uninjured and picked up his moped. The incident was captured on a security camera and... More >

Accidental Americans wave the US goodbye

Some 1,700 ‘accidental’ Dutch Americans may have applied to give up their US nationality this year, a six-fold rise on three years ago, BNR radio reported on Tuesday. Accidental Americans are ditching their American nationality because of US fiscal regulations which have led Dutch banks to threaten to close the accounts of people with American nationality by the beginning of next year, unless they can furnish them with a US tax number. But there are thousands of Dutch nationals in... More >

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