Dutch beat Canada to win World Cup group; Japan up next

The Oranje Leeuwinnen held their ground on Thursday to defeat Canada 2-1 in both teams' final Group E match of the 2019 World Cup. The Dutch women will go on to face Japan in the Round of 16 on Tuesday.
Submitted by Zack Newmark on June 20, 2019 - 20:46

Dutch gov't launches campaign to promote "good discussion about death"

The Dutch government launched an information campaign this week to help incurably ill people talk about death with their loved ones. The campaign is aimed at having a good conversation about how people want to go through the final phase of their life, Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health, Welfare and Sports said to newspaper Trouw.
"I want people to think much more about what they want. To express how they want to be supported in the last period. That they can die in the place they choose. It makes dying less difficult, less lonely, less painful", the Minister said.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on June 20, 2019 - 16:00

Food safety checks in Netherlands insufficient: Dutch Safety Board

The Netherlands has too little insight into food safety hazards and food and consumer safety authority NVWA is not equipped to identify and prevent new health risks, the Dutch Safety Board concluded in an investigation launched following the fipronil crisis in the summer of 2017. The Safety Board calls for a more structured approach to food safety to prevent public health hazards, NOS reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on June 20, 2019 - 15:10

900 dead pigs found in Winterswijk barn

Some 900 dead pigs were found in a barn in Winterswijk on Thursday morning, the police said on Twitter. The carcasses are being removed and the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA is investigating.
The pigs were found at a company on Goorweg on the outskirts of Winterswijk, according to Tubantia. The police went to check the barn after a report, according to De Gelderlander. 
How the pigs died is still being investigated. As far as is known, no arrests were made. 
Submitted by Janene Pieters on June 20, 2019 - 14:20

Amsterdam calls for EU support against Airbnb

Amsterdam and nine other European tourist cities want more support from the European Union in their fight against tourist rental through online platforms like Airbnb. They issued a joint statement in response to a ruling by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice stating that Airbnb is an informal service provider and therefore needs to take little to no responsibility for complying with holiday rental rules, NOS reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on June 20, 2019 - 13:30

140,000 Dutch homes a flood risk in heavy downpours: report

Over 140 thousand homes in the Netherlands will flood during heavy rain showers. At least 76 thousand other buildings, such as schools and shops, are also at risk of major damage due to flooding, according to research by RTL Nieuws and consultancy and engineering firm Arcadis. 
Submitted by Janene Pieters on June 20, 2019 - 12:40

Video: First wild wolf pups born in Netherlands in 200 years

A wolf  pair spotted in the Veluwe at the end of April had three pups, the province of Gelderland announced with video of the pups. According to the province, they were born sometime in April - the first time in 200 years that wolves were born in the Netherlands in the wild. 
Submitted by Janene Pieters on June 20, 2019 - 11:50

Malaysian PM calls new MH17 conclusions "hearsay"

Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, is critical about the new findings the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) revealed in the investigation into the MH17 disaster on Wednesday, calling them "nothing but hearsay". In another statement, the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that "the Malaysian approach is that conclusions must always be based on evidence and not politically motivated", AD reports.
The Foreign Ministry of the Southeast Asian country also said that Malaysia remains committed to the JIT.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on June 20, 2019 - 11:00

Getaway car in Amsterdam trainer's murder often spotted around gym

The getaway car used in the murder of Saban Berk in Amsterdam on Monday night, was often spotted in the vicinity of the gym where he gave classes. The police believe that the perpetrators of the shooting may have been keeping an eye on him, a spokesperson said to Het Parool.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on June 20, 2019 - 10:10

Playing kids find gun in Rotterdam lake

The Rotterdam police twice responded to reports of firearms found by coincidence on Tuesday. A group of kids pulled a gun out of the Zevenhuizerplas while playing outside. And a woman found a gun in Park Zestienhoven while walking her dog, the police said in a statement.
The firearm found by the playing kids was in the lake for some time, according to the police. It wasn't loaded. "The children who found the weapon received an explanation from the police about what to do if they see a firearm lying on the street."
Submitted by Janene Pieters on June 20, 2019 - 09:21