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Corona restrictions are coming to an end in the Netherlands!

The Netherlands will lift almost all corona virus restrictions in the next ten days, Dutch Health Minister Ernst Kuipers announced today.

“More people have been infected than ever before,” Kuipers told the press. The number of infections continued to rise after the recent relaxation in measures. Surprisingly, it did not result in a similarly sharp increase in hospitalizations. What we hoped turned out to be true. Thanks to vaccines and previous infections, we are more resistant to the virus.” said.

Kuipers announced that QR codes, social distancing and the use of face masks in most places will be removed to enter bars, restaurants and cinemas. Kuipers said, “In fact, we will have very few precautions after February 25. These will be indoor events attended by more than 500 people, negative testing for airplanes and the use of masks in public transport.”

Restrictions will be lifted in two stages

From Friday, cafes, bars and restaurants will be able to serve until 01:00. However, as of February 25, there will be no time and social distance restrictions. “We miss the sport, we miss the culture. Nightlife is also an indispensable part of a healthy society.

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Pinpas can now be used in public transport

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With the new regulation, a blue or yellow Chipkaart will no longer be needed to check-in on public transport in Amsterdam.

The use of OV-Chipkaart is expected to decline significantly by the end of the year as the Dutch transport system switches to a new payment method, OV-Pay.

According to the news of Het Parool, debit cards can now be used to check-in.

Traveling in Amsterdam will become easier

So how does the system work? Actually the system is very similar to how Chipkaart works.

You can point your phone, smartwatch or contactless card towards the device to check-in using your debit card. The fee will then be deducted from your account under the name NLOV (Nederlands Openbaar Vervoer).

Just like Chipkaart, there will be no charge when entering and exiting the gates at the stations without traveling.

For business trips, NS Business Cards will continue to be used. In this way, travel expenses can be billed to employers.

A plus of OV-Pay is that it does not require a minimum balance. Thus, the obligation to load Chipkaart before the train will be eliminated.

Discount will not be available on OV-Pay

However, the only possible downside to OV-Pay will be the inability to take advantage of any subscriptions or discounts for public transport.

Those who want to take advantage of discounts and subscriptions will have to use OV-Chipkaarts for a while.

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Flavored e-cigarettes will be permanently withdrawn from the market from October 1, 2023

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Flavored e cigarettes will be permanently withdrawn from the market from October 1 2023

According to the law change published in the Official Gazette, all flavored e-cigarettes in the Netherlands will be permanently withdrawn from the market on October 1, 2023.

From this date, the liquids used for e-cigarettes will only be able to taste tobacco. The ban covers pre-filled e-cigarettes and disposable e-cigarettes, as well as refill liquids.

Banning flavors for e-cigarettes has long been on the agenda. Blokhuis, then Minister of State, said in 2020 that e-cigarettes are a stepping stone for young people to smoke regularly, and that flavors lower the threshold for e-cigarettes to be used.

The banning of images and words is also on the agenda.
Starting January 1, stores will still have nine months to sell their current stock.

In addition to the aroma ban, it is also thought to prevent references to anything other than tobacco on the packaging.

In addition, the naming conventions are also getting stricter. For example, e-cigarette liquids are still sold with terms like ‘bad boy fuel’, ‘chillin’ or puns like ‘OMGin’, which refers to a liquid that tastes like gin. As of October, these statements will not be included in the packaging.

Attractive for young people
Trimbos expert Esther Croes describes the ban as “a step in the right direction”. “Sweet flavors make e-cigarette and vape use particularly attractive to young people,” Croes says. says.

Stating that sellers also claim that e-cigarettes are a boon for people who want to quit tobacco smoking, Cross said, “But research shows that only a few people benefit from it.” said.

Croes also sees that most smokers who start using e-cigarettes are referred to as dual users. In other words, these individuals smoke both tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

‘Forbidden misses its target’
The aroma ban for sellers has been on the agenda for a while. That’s why some online stores have an announcement on their website calling on customers to “order on time”.

According to Emil ‘t Hart of trade association Esigbond, the taste ban is exceeding its goal: “We know that flavors play an important role in smokers’ recovery from tobacco addiction,” he says.

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RIVM has compiled a list of sixteen ingredients that manufacturers can use to make tobacco flavors. RIVM states that with these ingredients, about a quarter of existing tobacco flavors can survive.

According to Emil ‘t Hart, this is not possible. “We were able to taste the first variants. “This is a very poor copy of what a tobacco flavor should be,” he says. “The essential parts are missing to get the right flavor. The Secretary of State goes much further with this than just a flavor ban, because tobacco cannot be made with these ingredients.”

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Man suspected of possession of dangerous goods arrested at Schiphol Airport

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Man suspected of possession of dangerous goods arrested at Schiphol Airport

A man claiming to have dangerous goods with him was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Schiphol.

The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (KMar) said the 55-year-old man was suspected of making threats.
It is not yet clear whether the man actually had dangerous items with him.

A KMar outpost in Schiphol Plaza was tipped off. Later, part of the hall was cordoned off as a precaution. The man remained in Marechaussee’s office until a Defense team arrived.

A decontamination street was set up next to Schiphol Plaza, Schiphol’s central hall, through which the man passed.

The footage showed that emergency services such as firefighters and people in special protective suits were there. They also accompanied the Marechaussees, who arrested the man and took him away.

Those Marechaussees didn’t have protective gear. A spokesperson said they had to go through the decontamination street because of this. The suspect’s luggage is also being investigated for any dangerous goods.

In the afternoon, the hall was emptied again. The cord had no effect on air traffic or passengers. Train traffic was disrupted: fewer tracks were available due to the deployment of emergency services. The first trains started running again around 2 pm.

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People who receive social assistance in the Netherlands will be able to receive assistance for 1200 euros

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People who receive social assistance in the Netherlands will be able to receive assistance for 1200 euros

Those who receive social allowances in the Netherlands will be able to receive assistance for 1,200 euros without deductions.

Rules are being relaxed for those receiving social assistance. Those who receive allowances will be able to work in additional jobs without deductions from their salaries and receive 1200 euro monthly assistance.

Carola Schouten, Minister of Poverty Policy, Participation and Pensions, took a step for a change that would please those who receive social allowances (Bijstand). The allowances of those who do additional work other than the allowance and those who receive assistance in kind (aid in the form of goods or services) from their immediate surroundings will not be deducted. The amendment, drafted by Minister Schouten, must be approved by the House of Representatives.

In a statement on the subject on Monday, Minister Schouten noted that if the draft law, which is under preparation, is accepted, it will enter into force in July 2024. The minister emphasized that he wanted to ensure that “people rather than rules” are put at the centre.

Income from additional work and change in job description
The new amendment will allow those who receive social allowances to earn income from additional work up to a certain wage. According to the current law, different regulations are applied for different groups. But with the minister’s change, they will all be tied to one rule.

The person receiving the social allowance will be able to earn up to 15 percent of the allowance amount through additional work. This additional income will not be deducted from the allowance.

In addition, another important point in the amendment, which is thought to come into effect, was brought to the sale of goods over the internet, which is seen as additional income.

Minister Schouten stated that income from the sale of goods, for example, through the Marktplaats, will soon no longer be considered additional income. The Minister noted that no deductions will be made from the social allowances “provided that the money they earn in this way does not add a structural and commercial character”.

Helping family or acquaintances (Mantelzorger)
With the new law, people who receive allowances will be able to take care of their relatives, relatives or acquaintances without officially notifying them. He will also be able to stay with the person he cares for when necessary.

In the current law, the rule that people who receive social assistance can work for six months and keep 25 percent of their income, with a maximum of 226 euros per month, is valid. In the new amendment, this period may be extended for people (Mantelzorgers) who have a medical disability or have to look after their relatives.

Right to help for 1200 euro per year
In the Minister’s statement; He noted that the in-kind aids provided by those receiving social allowances and their surroundings (for example, regularly buying food packages) to support their living will not be deducted from their allowance. These people receive food, etc., for 1200 euros per year. such as assistance.

In one case in 2020, a woman residing in Wijdemeren and receiving social benefits had to repay around 7000 euros. The woman, who was brought to court by the Social Services, told the judge that her elderly mother helped her because the allowance she received was not enough and she was doing grocery shopping for her.

In the first case, the court ordered the woman to repay 7000 euros to social services for the help she received from her mother between 2015 and 2018. The final decision in the case, which went to a higher court, was given that the woman had to pay 2800 euros back.

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In the Netherlands, 2 people who burned a barbecue to warm at home were hospitalized

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In the Netherlands 2 people who burned a barbecue to warm at home were hospitalized

In Hoorn, the Netherlands, they had a barbecue at home to keep warm and ended up in the hospital. They lit a barbecue for Energy Saving at home, they were hospitalized due to the smoke. You heard right, this event took place in the Dutch city of Hoorn.

According to the information received, two people residing in a house in the Plutohof district of the city of Hoorn lit a barbecue at home to warm up on the night of Monday to Tuesday. Two people, who were later understood to have lit a barbecue due to energy savings, were hospitalized due to smoke. It was stated that they were not life-threatening and were only exposed to heavy smoke.

They heated their homes with barbecues to save on energy costs, but ended up in the hospital because of the hazardous materials they inhaled.

An ambulance was called after one of the citizens had difficulty breathing. It soon became clear that the cause was a burning barbecue. Citizens were evacuated from the house in a short time and taken to the hospital. He put on oxygen masks for those affected by the smoke during the trip.

Firefighters then arrived at the scene to ventilate the house and take measurements.

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The number of homeless people in the Netherlands increased by 23 percent in one year

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The number of homeless people in the Netherlands increased by 23 percent in one year

According to the data of the aid organization Het Leger des Heils (Liberation Army) in the Netherlands, the number of homeless people in the country is 6016, and according to the Bureau of Statistics, at least 32 thousand people.

In a study by the Dutch Bureau of Statistics (CBS), it was reported that the number of homeless people aged 18 to 65 in the country increased to 32,000 in 2021. After this statement, the charity organization Het Leger des Heils in the Netherlands made a statement and announced that this number was 6016 according to its own data.

It has been recorded that 37 percent of the homeless live in big cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. In the study, it was stated that half of the homeless people have a migrant background.

The number of homeless people has risen sharply in a year, with the biggest increase among youth, the Salvation Army reported on Monday. The number of homeless people in the Netherlands has increased significantly in one year. In total, the Salvation Army counted 6,016 homeless last summer. In the summer of 2021, this involved 4,876 people. This means an increase of 23 percent. The number of homeless between the ages of 18-22 increased by 50 percent compared to the summer of last year and increased by 108 people.

It was stated that the homeless people who live illegally in the country and do not apply to the aid organization are not included in these figures.

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People on welfare can now receive up to 1,200 euros in donations

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People on welfare can now receive up to 1200 euros in donations

The rules for people on welfare are being relaxed. From now on they may receive donations up to an amount of 1,200 euros per year, without their benefit being reduced.

The relaxed rule is part of a package of measures with which the cabinet wants to take the sharp edges off the so-called Participation Act. These measures must take effect on 1 July 2024.

In addition to the greater exemption for donations, it will become easier to go to work from social assistance and there will be more opportunities for providing informal care. Responsible Minister Carola Schouten (Poverty Reduction) wants these adjustments to focus on “not rules, but people”.

“It is important that everyone can participate,” says the minister. “Preferably through work. For those who are unable to do so, there must be a good safety net.”

Schouten said earlier that the Participation Act does indeed provide such a safety net, but that the strict rules do not always work out as intended in practice.

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Slavery apology splits Netherlands in two

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Slavery apology splits Netherlands in two

About half of Dutch people oppose an official apology for the country’s history of slavery.

According to a survey by public broadcaster NOS, 55 percent did not want the Dutch government to apologize for their history of slavery last year, compared to 49 percent this year.

Although the rate of those who want an apology has increased from 31 percent last year to 38 percent this year, it is noteworthy that nearly half of the Dutch do not support the government’s apology.

According to the research, most of those who support an apology are from immigrant backgrounds, two-thirds of Surinamese support an apology.

Armand Zunder, Chairman of the Suriname National Recovery Commission (NRCS), commented on the government’s apology attempt, “This is a one-sided Dutch policy that risks failing.”

Zunder stated that the risk in question was “not accepting the apology”. Emphasizing that the scope of the apology and why it was made should be clearer, Zunder said, “We do not understand and do not approve of this hasty attitude of the Dutch.”

THE NETHERLANDS WILL MAKE OFFICIAL APPOINTMENT ON DECEMBER 19

The Dutch government will issue a formal apology in 8 locations worldwide on December 19 for the country’s history of slavery.

According to the news in the public broadcaster NOS, the government announced that 7 ministers will attend the ceremonies to be held on December 19 on Suriname and the Dutch three islands in the Caribbean and the islands in the former colonial region for the official apology ceremony for the country’s history of slavery.

It was stated that in the regions where the ministers went, Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s apology speeches in The Hague will express the sadness and regret over the country’s history of slavery.

Accordingly, Minister of Law Protection Frank Weerwind’s capital city of Suriname is Parambino, Minister of State for Immigration Van der Burg is Aruba, Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Karien van Gennip is Bonaire, Minister of State for Royal Relations Alexandra van Huffelen is Kuraçao. It was noted that Minister of Finance Marnix van Rij will speak at the ceremonies to be held on Sint Eustatius, Minister of State for Welfare and Sports Maarten van Oooijen will speak at the ceremonies in Saba, and Minister of Health Ernst Kuipers on Sint Marteen Island.

In the news, it was pointed out that the official apology at the state level would not give the right to direct compensation to the victims of slavery and their relatives, while it was emphasized that the government would provide 200 million Euros of funding to raise awareness about the history of slavery.

The news also stated that a budget of 27 million euros would be allocated for the establishment of a slavery museum.

In recent years, major cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, as well as institutions such as the Dutch Central Bank and ABN Amro, have also announced that they have apologized for their role in the history of slavery.

In the Netherlands, 2023 is expected to be declared a “slavery commemoration year” as it marks the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery.

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VIDEO: Events broke out at celebrations in Brussels and the Netherlands after Morocco beat Belgium

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VIDEO Events broke out at celebrations in Brussels and the Netherlands after Morocco beat Belgium

After Morocco defeated Belgium 2-0 in the second match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Group F in Qatar, events broke out during the celebrations of the Moroccans in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, and Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

After the match ended, Moroccans living in Brussels honked their cars and toured around the city.
Around the Midi Train Station in the center of Brussels, some people who were covering their faces gathered and threw fireworks in the streets.

In some places, many scooters and trash cans belonging to rental companies were set on fire. A vehicle belonging to the hourly car rental company was also turned over by the crowd.

Some passenger cars and many bicycles were also set on fire on Lemonnier Boulevard near Midi Train Station.

Some bus and tram stops were also destroyed.

After a while, the police intervened in the group with tear gas and pressurized water.
The police, who sent a large number of teams to the central streets, made an announcement to stay away from the Midi Train Station.

Police teams also closed some metro stations in the city center, roads leading to tourist attractions and streets with shops. Urban transport was severely disrupted.

Brussels Mayor Philippe Close condemned the violence in the city. Noting that the police intervened in the events, Close called on the groups to not come to the touristic central areas and the streets where the shops are located.

Moroccan fans continue to cheer in some streets and streets with their cars by honking their horns.

Belgium, with a population of 11 million 400 thousand, has approximately 500,000 Moroccan origin citizens.

Events also took place in the celebrations in the Netherlands

After the match ended, Moroccans living in Amsterdam toured with their vehicles and motorbikes, honking their horns in the Merkator, Osdorp and 4045 squares in the city.

A vehicle was set on fire in Mercator Square during the celebrations, which used a large number of fireworks.
While the police closed the roads where the incidents took place, the fire brigade intervened.

Demonstrations in Rotterdam and The Hague

In a statement on Twitter, the police stated that around 500 Moroccans were outraged during the celebrations in Rotterdam, and that a large number of police and panzers arrived at the scene to intervene.

Stating that many fireworks were used in the celebrations in Vaillant Square in The Hague, the police asked the fans to evacuate the square.

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Corendon airlines moves operations from Schiphol to Brussels

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Corendon airlines moves operations from Schiphol to Brussels

Corendon CEO Atilay Uslu told Telegraaf that Corendon will reduce its operations in Schiphol and move it to Brussels next season. Uslu said that the increasing costs as well as the chaos caused by the lack of personnel in Schiphol played a role in the relocation.

Corendon will make 260,000 in Belgium next season, almost doubling the number of seats. It will reduce the number of seats in Schiphol to 230,000.

“This is mainly because of the chaos in Schiphol,” Uslu told Telegraaf. Pointing out the hourly passenger queues at the airport since April, Uslu stated that as a result, Schiphol asked airline companies to reduce their capacity many times.

Uslu is worried that these conditions will continue in May and summer next year, as organizations such as airport security and Koninklijke Marechaussee are still struggling to fill vacancies.

Traveling from Belgium will also be cheaper next year, as Schiphol raises fares and the Netherlands triples the flight tax.

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