Did Miley Cyrus smoke a joint on stage?

Miley-CyrusAmsterdam, Nov 11 : Pop star Miley Cyrus was reportedly so excited after picking up her first MTV Europe Music Awards trophy that she celebrated the moment by lighting what appeared to be a joint.

Dressed in a shimmery white leotard and a furry white vest, Cyrus went on to the stage to accept the best video award for her song "Wrecking ball".

"I don't think I'm going to be able to fit that in my purse so I'll put it right here for now," the 20-year-old said, before placing the award near her feet.

iPad-centric schools open in Netherlands

iPad-centric-schoolsAmsterdam, Aug 23 : Seven iPad-centric "Steve Jobs schools" opened their doors across the Netherlands earlier this week.

The elementary schools, where iPads play an important role in education and where each student gets his or her own iPad, will educate students as per the principles of the O4NT foundation. O4NT is the Dutch acronym "education for a new era", which emphasises the role of the iPad in an elementary school environment, Xinhua reported citing local media.

Dutch Queen Beatrix abdicates, Willem-Alexander new king

Queen-Beatrix-Willem-AlexanderAmsterdam, April 30 : After 33 years on the throne, Dutch Queen Beatrix Tuesday abdicated in favour of her son Willem-Alexander.

After the Queen gave a short adress at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, she signed an abdication statement in presence of the presidents of the senate and the house of representatives, the council of ministers and the Kingdom's governors and other guests, reported Xinhua.

Beatrix was succeeded by her 46-year-old eldest son new King Willem-Alexander.(IANS)

Netherlands take major step towards World Cup

Netherlands-Vs-RomaniaAmsterdam, March 27 : The Netherlands continued their winning streak in World Cup qualification Group D by beating Romania 4-0 here, taking a major step towards the tournament in Brazil.

After Friday's 3-0 victory over Estonia, coach Louis van Gaal lined up Rafael van der Vaart as central midfielder instead of Wesley Sneijder, who limped off with a groin injury against the Estonians. Kevin Strootman took over the captaincy from Sneijder, reports Xinhua.

Netherlands continue winning streak in Group D

Van-PersieAmsterdam, March 23 : The Netherlands recorded their fifth consecutive win in the UEFA World Cup qualifying Group D by beating Estonia 3-0 here.

The Netherlands started the World Cup qualifier against Estonia Friday with captain Wesley Sneijder back in the squad after a six-months absence due to a lack of playing time at his former club Internazionale. The return though lasted only 35 minutes, because he had to be substituted by Rafael van der Vaart due to an injury, reports Xinhua.

Italy produce late equaliser against Dutch novices

FootballAmsterdam, Feb 7 : An inexperienced Dutch team was on its way to beat Italy in a friendly in Amsterdam, but the visitors produced a late equaliser for a 1-1 result.

Dutch head coach Louis van Gaal chose a line-up with Robin van Persie the most experienced player with 71 internationals, while the other ten combined for a total of 42. Ajax defender Daley Blind and Benfica forward Ola John made their debuts, Xinhua reported Wednesday.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli fielded more experiences like Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Pirlo. AC Milan duo Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy formed the frontline together with Antonio Candreva.

Anand thumps Kramnik in CCT

Viswanathan AnandIndia’s Viswanathan Anand has defeated the joint leader Vladimir Kramnik in just 45 moves in the 11th round of the 72nd Corus Chess Tournament (CCT) at Wijk aan Zee in Amsterdam on Saturday.

Anand dominated throughout the game as he exchanged his rook for a knight to avoid draw and traded his second rook for a minor piece. Kramnik, with Petroff defense with black pieces, decided to accept his defeat after two advanced central passed pawns of Anand.

Woman who saved Anne Frank's diary dies at 100

Woman who saved Anne Frank's diary dies at 100Amsterdam, Jan 12 - Miep Gies, the woman who preserved the diary of Anne Frank after Nazis seized the child from her hiding place in the Netherlands, has died, her website said.

Gies was 100 years old. She died Monday night.  (dpa)

Netherlands to introduce full-body scanners at airports

Netherlands to introduce full-body scanners at airportsAmsterdam, Dec 30 : The Netherlands plans to require full-body scanners as soon as possible for US-bound passengers travelling from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, reports said Wednesday.

Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin told US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano via telephone that the Netherlands planned to implement the use of the scanners in the aftermath of the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day.    

Dutch crown prince to sell controversial villa in Mozambique

Dutch crown prince to sell controversial villa in Mozambique Amsterdam - Dutch crown prince Willem Alexander and his wife Maxima will sell their luxury villa in the impoverished southern African country of Mozambique once it is completed, the prince wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende Friday.

The royal couple are among a small group of wealthy investors involved in developing an opulent estate that includes 220 villas and a five-star holiday resort on the Machangulo peninsula in southern Mozambique.

Dutch ABN Amro receives 4.4 billion euros in extra state support

Dutch ABN Amro receives 4.4 billion euros in extra state support Amsterdam - Dutch Fortis/ABN Amro bank is to receive 4.4 billion euros (6.6 billion dollars) in extra state support, Finance Minister Wouter Bos wrote in a letter to parliament on Thursday.

The move marks the third time in one year the state comes to the rescue of the Dutch division of ABN Amro and Fortis banks.

On October 4, 2008, the Netherlands paid 16.8 billion euros to nationalize Fortis bank Netherlands, which also comprised ABN Amro Bank. The government later said it intended to merge both banks.

Dutch to step up measures against forced marriages

Dutch to step up measures against forced marriages Amsterdam - Dutch and foreign nationals residing in the Netherlands should be prosecuted if they force others into marriage abroad, Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin wrote parliament on Wednesday.

Hirsch Ballin was responding to an appeal by lawmakers to the government to step up measures to curb forced marriages abroad.

Every year, an estimated several hundred teenage girls, most of Moroccan and Turkish descent, do not return to the Netherlands from a summer vacation abroad. It is believed many are married off against their will.

Royal Ahold NV reports sharp increase third quarter net income

Royal Ahold NV reports sharp increase third quarter net income Amsterdam  - Dutch Royal Ahold NV saw its third quarter net income increase by 20.8 per cent compared with the same quarter last year, the international food retailer said in its quarterly report released on Wednesday.

Amsterdam-based supermarket chain Ahold said its net income amounted to 238 million euros (354 million dollars) in the third quarter, more than the 188 million euros expected by analysts.

More migrants should become homeowners, Dutch government says

More migrants should become homeowners, Dutch government saysAmsterdam  - Immigrants in the Netherlands should purchase a home there rather than in their native countries, the Dutch government said in a new integration policy mission statement released on Tuesday.

Some 40 per cent of Moroccan and 26 per cent of Turkish immigrants are homeowners, compared with 60 per cent of native Dutch nationals.

Immigrants should make a "conscious choice" to invest in a home and future in the Netherlands, the mission statement said.

Women no less ambitious than men, Dutch study finds

Women no less ambitious than men, Dutch study findsAmsterdam  - Women are not less ambitious than men, according to study in the Netherlands.

The study, carried out by a team of researchers from the Radboud University in Nijmegen and Research en Beleid, a public policy research bureau, said women find it just as important as men to develop themselves personally and professionally.

However, the study found, women are more focused on content and depth, while men concentrate on "hierarchical growth" and salary.

Dutch arrest Somali for alleged terrorist activities in US

Dutch arrest Somali for alleged terrorist activities in US Amsterdam  - Dutch police detained a Somali national over the past weekend for alleged involvement in jihadist (holy war) activities in the United States, Rotterdam's public prosecutor spokesman said Tuesday.

The 43-year-old man was arrested in an asylum-seeker's centre in Dronten in the northern Netherlands early Sunday at the request of US authorities who alleged that he was involved in jihadist activities.

Dutch prime minister denies being approached for EU presidency

Jan Peter BalkenendeAmsterdam - Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende told parliament on Tuesday he has not been approached for the new position of president of the European Union (EU).

"I have not been asked for the job," Balkenende told lawmakers.

However, Balkenende admitted he had been in contact on several occasions with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt - the current EU chairman.

Reinfeldt is consulting European leaders about their preferred candidates for the presidency, and high representative for foreign affairs - the new posts created by the Lisbon Treaty.

Unilever shares drop after announcing lower Q3 turnover

Unilever shares drop after announcing lower Q3 turnoverAmsterdam  - Share prices for British-Dutch food multinational Unilever dropped Thursday morning after the company reported third quarter turnover which fell short of analysts predictions.

By 10 am (0900 GMT), Unilever shares had fallen 2.5 per cent to 20.28 euros (29.94 dollars) on the Amsterdam stock exchange.

In the third quarter, the food multinational said turnover had dropped to 10.2 billion euros, from 10.43 billion euros a year earlier. It was also below analysts' forecasts of
10.48 billion euros.

Dutch report first patient resistant to Tamiflu drug

Dutch report first patient resistant to Tamiflu drugAmsterdam  - Dutch health authorities have recorded a first case of a swine flu-infected patient resistant to the anti-viral drug Tamiflu.

The Royal Institute for Public Health and the Environment RIVM said the patient had been hospitalized, but declined to identify the hospital or provide further details about the patient's condition.

The RIVM, located in De Bilt in the central Netherlands, also said the patient's relatives were currently being tested for swine flu.

KLM to fly first passengers using bio-diesel

KLM to fly first passengers using bio-dieselAmsterdam  - Dutch KLM will be the first airline to fly a passenger flight using bio-diesel, the airline claimed on Wednesday.

The Boeing 747 flight, carrying a limited number of passengers, will take off on November 23 using a mixture of bio-fuel and conventional kerosene jet oil.

The type of bio-fuel is camelina, a substance extracted from an oil plant. Studies have shown camelina-based jet fuel to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 80 percent.

The new fuel mixture does not require any modifications to the aircraft or engine.

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