Sunday 23 January 2022

Health advisors say cafes, museums and theatres can reopen, up to 8pm

Health advisors say cafes, museums and theatres can reopen, up to 8pm

Cafes, restaurants, museums and theatres should be allowed to open their doors again up to 8pm, government health advisors are reported as saying. The NRC said on Saturday that the Outbreak Management Team made the recommendation in its latest advisory note to the government, and that strict conditions are attached. No details have yet been leaked about what those conditions are but they could include seating requirements, limits on numbers and coronavirus passes. Ministers are due to discuss the recommendation... More >

Keep the faith: church of (comic) reason

The heart of Amsterdam’s nightlife district was dead, but inside the doors of De Balie on Friday night, a new kind of faith-based service was going strong. Fifty brave souls signed up to the first communion of The Philosophical Society; the Community of Reason, a new denomination registered at the Chamber of Commerce this week. Its purpose, apparently, is to celebrate life, real-life debate and performance…on this occasion, with the help of three comics and a compere (sorry, ‘pastor’). Although... More >

Police to text message 3,500 drug users

Police in Nijmegen will send a text message on Monday to 3,500 drug users, whose phone numbers they found on dealers’ telephones, pointing out where they can get help. The numbers were found on phones from a dozen or so dealers who were picked up following a major investigation into a local drugs gang. Ten people will appear in court later this year. Nijmegen police chief Lonneke Hordijk said they had been shocked by the messages found on the phones,... More >

Questions over state-funded sex care

Questions have been raised in Amsterdam city council after a man with a form of muscular dystrophy has apparently been refused state-funded ‘sex care’ recommended by his doctors. Yassmine el Ksaihi, D66 councillor and spokeswoman on poverty and participation, said that she had been forwarded a letter from an Amsterdammer told that ‘sex care’ would no longer be refunded by the council, through the GGD public health institute. ‘We received a letter saying that the man had been refunded through... More >

'School quarantine rules need change'

Pressure is mounting on government health advisors to relax the quarantine rules for schools, as an increasing number of pupils are being sent home. On Friday, public health chiefs warned that youngsters are facing more and more problems because of the quarantine regulations. They say the rules need to be replaced because ‘the use of the quarantine tool for school pupils has missed its target and the damage to health is increasing’. Currently complete classes are sent home if three... More >

Dutch priest's beatification on hold

A Dutch Jesuit priest who was shot dead in Syria in 2014 may not be beatified after all, according to newspaper Katholiek Nieuwsblad. The main reason for the hitch, the paper said, is comments Frans van der Lugt made in 2009 or 2010 about the sexual abuse scandal within the church. He is said to have told a group of visitors to his religious community in Homs that he found the focus on the abuse claims exaggerated and is said... More >

We Transfer confirms Amsterdam IPO

The parent of online file transfer company WeTransfer has confirmed its plans to list on the Amsterdam stock exchange next week, saying that it will issue approximately €125m in new shares alongside a secondary offering of up to 5.4 million existing shares by its current owners and managers. The company, now known as We Rock and which will be renamed The Creative Productivity Group NV, has 87 million monthly users and estimates sales of more than €100m in 2021. We... More >

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