Good news: Much enthusiasm for Amanda Gorman, fewer counterfeit notes | NOW

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No widespread distribution of British variant in Lansingerland

The extensive test operation in the municipality of Lansingerland has not revealed a large-scale spread of the British variant of the corona virus, GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond reports Friday. The outbreak has mainly concentrated around a primary school.

The GGD concludes that the British mutation has not been widely distributed within the municipality, based on the interim analysis of nearly 27,000 known test results. 242 residents tested positive for the virus, 29 of whom were found to be infected with the British virus variant.

Fewer and fewer Dutch people eat meat

Fewer and fewer Dutch people see themselves as a meat eater, according to the Vegamonitor 2020 of Natuur & Milieu. A third of households also want to eat less meat by 2021.

“The Dutch have been saying for years that they want to eat less meat, but in practice change is slow”, Natuur & Milieu said. Last year, according to the organization, there was a significant decrease. In 2019, 59 percent still saw themselves as a meat eater, in 2020 that share was 55 percent.

Especially the younger generations, people under forty years old, think that eating meat every day is no longer of this time. People under thirty also eat vegetarian more often because of the environment and climate. They are therefore twice as likely to be vegetarian or vegan.

Much enthusiasm for young poet Amanda Gorman

Many Dutch publishers have already shown an interest in publishing work by Amanda Gorman. The 22-year-old poet stood out on Wednesday with her speech at the inauguration of US President Joe Biden.

Mo Literary Services, the company that owns Gorman’s Dutch translation rights, says that several serious candidates have already registered on Thursday morning.

The American writer gained many hundreds of thousands of followers on social media within hours. Both of her books made it straight to Amazon’s bestseller list. The first collection of Gorman will be released in the course of this year and is called The Hill We Climb.

More than a third fewer counterfeit euro banknotes in circulation

The number of counterfeit euro banknotes found in the Netherlands fell sharply in 2020. In total, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) took 25,500 counterfeit notes out of circulation last year, the central bank reports Friday. That is 34 percent less than in 2019.

The decline started in the second quarter of 2020, at the same time as the decline in cash use as a result of the corona crisis.

A decrease can also be seen worldwide. According to the European Central Bank, a total of 460,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were found in 2020, 18 percent less than in 2019.

Concertgebouw Orchestra gives a ‘curfew concert’ every day

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will give a short performance every night from the introduction of the curfew. The orchestra will start streaming short concerts daily at 9 p.m. via Instagram Live from Saturday. This is done under the motto Stay in, stay tuned.

Work by Ludwig van Beethoven can be heard on Saturday 23 January, the day on which the curfew applies for the first time.

The chamber music is always played and recorded during the day, because the musicians will also adhere to the new measure, the Concertgebouworkest assures.

Book market turnover will increase in 2020 due to lockdown

The turnover of the book market grew by 6 percent in 2020, book umbrella CPNB announced Thursday. The growth was only reflected in online sales. Book sales in physical stores fell by 11 percent as a result of the corona crisis.

Before the lockdown that took effect in December, there was still a 5 percent drop. Because the stores then had to close their doors, sales decreased to a minus of 11 percent.

CPNB started last week with the #restjeboekhandel campaign, which has had a positive effect on the figures. The foundation said that the turnover of the local bookstores has almost doubled since the start of the campaign.


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