Monday 18 November 2019

Radboud research offers new hope on MS

Scientists at Radboud University teaching hospital in Nijmegen say they have discovered multiple dna variants which indicate an increased risk of developing Muscular Sclerosis. The discovery will allow researchers to carry out more targeted research into the disease, according to MS charity Nationaal MS Fonds.  MS is a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. The most important of the Radboud discoveries focuses on the MBP... More >

Property prices drive up household assets

Dutch households are getting richer and their median worth rose €10,000 last year to €38,400, national statistics agency CBS said on Monday. The median figure means that half of households have assets below €38,400 and half have more.  Excluding property, which leads to wild fluctuations, the median income is €14,600. This is €800 down on the record booked in 2010. The residents of Bloemendaal near the Noord-Holland coast were the wealthiest, with median assets of €337,000, nine times the national... More >

Dutch emigrees talk Dutch, eat hagelslag

Dutch and Flemish nationals who have recently emigrated to other countries keep true to their roots, continue to speak their original language and celebrate traditional festivals such as Sinterklaas and Kings Day, according to research by language agency Taalunie and the Meertens Institute. Of the almost 7,000 Dutch-speaking emigres who took part in the research project, 97% speak Dutch every week and 85% see the language as a key part of their identity. An estimated one million Dutch nationals live... More >

Machine guns found in trailer park raids

Police have discovered underground chambers at a trailer park in Oss which had been used to hide an ‘arsenal of weapons’. Eight Kalashnikovs, two M16 machine guns, a sten gun and six hand guns were among the haul found in the chambers, which had been equipped with security cameras, police say. The arms were uncovered during a three day search of the camp which started last week and resulted in the arrest of three residents on drugs and illegal weapons... More >

Few problems at Sinterklaas parades

Sinterklaas parades in many parts of the Netherlands passed off peacefully on Saturday, as large numbers of police officers were drafted in to head off any trouble involving pro or anti-Zwarte Piet demonstrators. In Apeldoorn, where the main parade took place with only sooty-faced Piets, 12 people in blackface were arrested for refusing to go to the space allocated for demonstrators. Their number included Edwin Wagensveld, leader of the far-right Pegida movement in the Netherlands. Nevertheless, mayor Petra van Wingerden-Boers... More >

Crowdfunding platforms attract more money

Crowdfunding websites have raised more than €275m in the Netherlands so far this year – according to website Crowdfundmarkt. This is already €10m more than in 2018, with two months still to go. The research is based on projects listed on crowdfunding platforms which are registered with the Dutch financial services authority AFM. In total, almost 2,900 initiatives have brought in money this year, up over 1,000 on last year. Property-based crowdfunding projects have taken 18% of the total so... More >

Oranje qualify for Euro 2020 with 0-0 draw

The Netherlands sealed qualification for Euro 2020, their first summer tournament in six years, with a workmanlike 0-0 draw against Northern Ireland in Belfast. The Dutch progress from Group C together with Germany, who eased past Belarus 4-0 in the night’s other game, while Northern Ireland can still qualify through the play-offs in the spring. Captain Virgil van Dijk said he was satisfied with the result. ‘We’re going to the finals, that’s the most important thing,’ he told NOS. ‘We... More >

School girl killer faces 20 years in jail

The man who murdered a 16-year-old girl in the bike sheds next to her school after stalking her for months should be jailed for 20 years, followed by psychiatric prison, the public prosecution department said on Friday. Bekir E is on trial for killing the girl just 45 minutes before she was due to meet police to talk about being stalked. In September, an official report into the murder said the police and social services showed ‘serious shortfalls’ in the... More >

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