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Tulips from Amsterdam? Not in times of coronavirus crisis

Tulips from Amsterdam? Not in times of coronavirus crisis

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Flower growers from the Netherlands bulb fields to hothouses in Kenya are seeing sales plummet because of border restrictions sparked by the coronavirus pandemicBy MIKE CORDER and JOE MWIHIA Associated PressMarch 20, 2020, 9:17 AM4 min readLISSE, Netherlands -- The pots of chrysanthemums stacked in Henk van der Slot’s barn in the Netherlands bulb fields were supposed to decorate St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican over Easter. But with border restrictions and lockdowns spreading around the globe as governments fight the coronavirus pandemic, the pope will have to go without his usual donation of Dutch flowers this year. He’s not the only one. "The coronavirus is a disaster for the Dutch flower industry ... 85% of the turnover at our marketplace … is gone,” said Michel van Schie, press offic...
Amsterdam suspect's kinfe attack on 2 Americans had 'terrorist motive'

Amsterdam suspect's kinfe attack on 2 Americans had 'terrorist motive'

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Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Netherlands police said Saturday that the suspect in stabbing of two Americans at central train station in Amsterdam the day before had a 'terrorist motive.' Police said Saturday the suspect had a "terrorist motive" and is believed to have acted alone. Police have only identified the suspect in the stabbing incident Friday at the train station in the Dutch capital that injured two people as Jawed S., a 19-year-old Afghan man who lives in Germany. The victims were seriously injured, but are not in critical condition, the Amsterdam's mayor office said. U.S. and Dutch authorities said Saturday that both of the victims were U.S. citizens. Amsterdam city officials issued the statement on motive in Dutch Saturday evening, which Dutch News reported. The victims appeared to be ra...
Amsterdam wins hat draw for relocation of EU medicines agency

Amsterdam wins hat draw for relocation of EU medicines agency

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Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The European Union chose Monday to move its European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam and the European Banking Authority to Paris after Britain's decision last year to withdraw from the EU.The EMA, created in 1995 to evaluate and regulate medicines for humans and animals, has until March 30, 2019, to move into its new headquarters from London's Canary Wharf."Amsterdam ticks many of our boxes," EMA Executive Director Guido Rasi said in a statement. "It offers excellent connectivity and a building that can be shaped according to our needs."He said that internal surveys indicated "a large majority" of nearly 900 EMA staff would be willing to relocate to the Netherlands.Nevertheless, "our activities will be impacted and we need to plan for this now to avoid the creation of gaps i...