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A coffee to celebrate the International Day of Sign Languages

In different places in Amsterdam, you can order a coffee in sign language because the employees of the bar are only deaf people. On Wednesday 23 September, it was the International Day of Sign Languages. According to World Federation of the Deaf, more than 70 million people are deaf in the world. To communicate, these people use the sign language. Each country has its own … Continue reading A coffee to celebrate the International Day of Sign Languages

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Fighting or partying? The Netherlands gets ready for first party weekend

On the 25th of September, the clubs open again in The Netherlands after being closed for three months. But not everything has gone back to normal: they still must close at midnight. In other countries, such as Belgium and France, there have been riots every evening when the bars and clubs close. Is The Netherlands prepared for these kinds of riots? And what do the … Continue reading Fighting or partying? The Netherlands gets ready for first party weekend

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Patients neglect the damage of smoking weed

Doctor Guus Westerhof advices his patients to stop smoking weed, they don’t listen. Specialised in pulmonology and working at Amsteerdam UMC, Westerhof knows what a damaged lung looks like. “We often see holes in people’s lungs. We see it after use of cigarettes, but weed causes the holes more clearly,” he says. Westerhof tells his patients to stop smoking, but very few actually quit. Smokers … Continue reading Patients neglect the damage of smoking weed

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Money in the blue depths of the Netherlands

King Willem-Alexander announced that 12.5 billion euro will be spent on defence in 2022 during his state of the union on Prinsjesdag. This money will be distributed between the four military branches of the Netherlands armed forces among which is also the Royal Netherlands Navy. The navy itself will receive 884.7 million euro. However, in times of peace not all Dutch taxpayers seem to understand … Continue reading Money in the blue depths of the Netherlands

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The Netherlands and their flooding problem

The summer of 2021 was the summer of floods for the Benelux. These natural disasters will happen more often and on a larger scale. With the Netherlands laying mostly below the sea level, are the Dutch prepared for such disasters, or are there still a lot of precautions to be taken? With climate change accelerating day by day and the sea level rising, the Netherland’s … Continue reading The Netherlands and their flooding problem

Nightlife will open up again: ‘It’s a two-sided feeling’

On Saturday the 25th of September, multiple nationwide covid measures will be lifted. This includes the Coronapass, which entails that guests at restaurants, bars, museums and other establishments will have to show proof of vaccination, proof for recovering from the virus or a negative covid test to be able to enter. Business owners are divided over this new rule. But the people at Shots Breda … Continue reading Nightlife will open up again: ‘It’s a two-sided feeling’

Elderly frustrated about new QR-Code policy

The older generation struggles with the new QR-code policy that ensures that a code on the CoronaCheckApp now counts as mandatory vaccination certificate.    “A big part of the seniors can’t download a QR-code because of a bad smartphone or no phone at all,” says spokesperson Sven Stijnman of the senior citizens association KBO-PCOB. “We also see this problem with the CoronaDetectorApp. Yes, there are … Continue reading Elderly frustrated about new QR-Code policy

‘I have always been a political news junkie’

Gudr Al Ayouby (20) was born and raised in Curaçao and studies Creative Business at the HU in Utrecht. Since he was little, he has had a fascination for the news – political news to be specific. When he was just six years old, he watched the debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. ‘I was watching this with my parents. They jokingly said: who … Continue reading ‘I have always been a political news junkie’

“The big names in investigative journalism are all men – I’m going to change this”

Being only 22, Chloé Schlette already runs her own little Media business with writing a travelblog and works as a freelancer for a women’s magazine. In the future she doesn’t see herself in trivial news reporting though. As a student of Creative Business at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, who is now doing a minor in International Journalism, she wants to get into investigative crime journalism. … Continue reading “The big names in investigative journalism are all men – I’m going to change this”