Gordon
Dec 3 '16 08:25

The first episode of the Dutch version of Comedy Central's Roast will be titled The Roast of Gordon, and as the title suggests, will mock Dutch singer Gordon, Comedy Central announced. The other first participants include comedian Jorgen Raymann, presenter Sophie Hilbrand and ex-porn star Bobbi Eden, Metro reports.

On The Roast the celebrity guest is comically given a hard time by his or her colleagues on the panel. He can also give them a hard time in turn. Raymann will be the so-called Roast Master, the one who has to lead the discussion in the right direction.

Speedometer
Dec 3 '16 08:00

The Dutch police will soon be equipped with cars that can drive up to 250 kilometers per hour, the Telegraaf reports based on tender documents from the police. With these 80 super fast cars, the police want to "take back control of the highway", according to the newspaper.

What make and model cars these will be is not clear yet.

Police
Dec 2 '16 17:00

A man was seriously injured in a stabbing on Joan Muyskenweg in Amsterdam Oost on Thursday night. The stabbing happened near a building used as a shelter for failed asylum seekers, according to RTV Noord-Holland.

A police spokesperson told the broadcaster that the victim is a 22-year-old man from Almelo. A 24-year-old woman was arrested. She is staying in the building, according to the spokesperson.

The victim was rushed to the hospital with injuries to his neck. He underwent surgery. 

Virtual Reality glasses
Dec 2 '16 16:35

China is following Amsterdam's example and will soon be opening virtual reality cinemas. Chinese electronics retailer Gome Group is soon opening 100 VR cinemas, modeled after The VR Cinema in Amsterdam, and teaming up with Amsterdam startup &Samhoud Media as distributor of VR films, the Financieele Dagblad reports.

Virtual Reality lets users see a simulated world in 360 degrees through special glasses. This makes for exciting movies, as watchers can see from all sides. 

Police uniform
Dec 2 '16 16:10

The police are still looking for a man who tried to kidnap a baby in Arnhem on Wednesday. According to the police, the man assaulted the baby's mother in her home on Johan de Wittlaan and then took off with the child.

When the police arrived at the scene, the baby was back at the home and the attempted kidnapper had run off. 

According to the mother, the kidnapper is the baby's father. Newspaper AD managed to talk to her from a safe house. She says that the man had the 3 month old boy with him for about an hour and a half before returning him. 

G20 summit in Australia in 2014
Dec 2 '16 15:45

German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited the Netherlands to the G20 summit happening in Hamburg on July 7th and 8th next year. From Thursday Germany is the chairman of the G20 for the next 12 months, NU.nl reports

Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the invitation good news. "We earn a significant portion of our money in international trade. In the G20 the largest economies of the world discus a wide range of toopics that affect financial stability and economic growth. These issues affect Dutch interests directly", he said.

Gay asylum seeker stabbed in asylum center in Groningen, Sept 2016. The Photo is cropped and blood is blurred out because of its sensitive nature
Dec 2 '16 15:05

The LGBT Asylum Support is again calling on State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice for support in protecting LGBT asylum seekers. This follows a gay asylum seeker from Iran sustaining serious injuries after being stabbed by a group of other asylum seekers from North Africa. The police believe it was a drug related crime, but it was a hate crime, LGBT Asylum Support said in a press release.

Police
Dec 2 '16 14:35

Two in five notaries faced some for of intimidation or assault during the course of his or her duties, accordiing to a study by notaries' association KNB. This ranges from curses, threats with a weapon, physical assault or even stalking, BNR reports. 

Over a thousand notaries took part in the study. 42 percent faced threats. Slightly more than half of them are men. In 10 percent of these cases, it happened in the past year. Most threatened notaries were threatened once or twice, but 6 percent faced threats 6 to 12 times.

Rainbow flag
Dec 2 '16 14:00

The Dutch hotline for internet discrimination MiND is facing heat after one of its employees suggested that hate speech against LGBT people is allowed as long as it is in the name of faith. Titus Visser, director of NL Confidential to which MiND belongs, apologized for this "error in judgement", the Volkskrant reports.

Sinterklaas and Zwarte Pieten
Dec 2 '16 13:25

Two thirds of parents whose kids still believe in Sinterklaas say their kids are mostly unaffected by the ongoing debate surrounding blackface Zwarte Piet, according to a survey by I&O Research among 3 thousand adult Dutch, AD reports.

Crime scene tape
Dec 2 '16 12:50

A 70-year-old man from Rijssen was violently assaulted in a home invasion on Tuesday. Despite serious head wounds and fractured vertebrae, he managed to leave the police a note about the persons who attacked him, written on the wall in his own blood, De Stentor reports.

The victim was only found about 20 hours after the attack. His daughter went to check on him after he did not show up for an appointment and did not answer the phone. He was rushed to the hospital in a serious condition.

Jihadist
Dec 2 '16 12:15

Terrorist organization Islamic State is planning more attacks in Europe and the Netherlands may be a target, according to a warning report Europol released on Friday. The European policing force thinks that ISIS will likely keep to attack tacticts currently used in Syria and Iraq - car bombs, kidnappings, extortion and suicide bombings, AD reports.

Hackers joker face
Dec 2 '16 11:40

Europol, the FBI and several European police units took a massive botnet network offline. The network, called avalanche, consisted of some 500 thousand computers and was operated from the Netherlands for a time. Five arrests were made, NOS reports.

Children and technology, digital skills
Dec 2 '16 11:05

The municipality of Amsterdam is investing 2 million euros into Amsterdam 021 - a program that aims to prepare children for the future by teaching them digital skills like coding and engineering, Het Parool reports.

The program is a collaboration between Amsterdam's public library, the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger and Waag Society/Fablab Amsterdam. The program is intended to make sure that no child falls behind in the development of digital and technical skills, which are vital for jobs in the future. 

Sinterklaas
Dec 2 '16 10:30

Sinterklaas better remember his thermal underwear this year, because the upcoming Sinterklaas eve is set to be the coldest December 5th since 1995. Temperatures are expecter to drop to -5 degrees in the early evening already, according to Weerplaza. Sunday evening will also be cold.

Monday, December 5th, is expected to by sunny, with a moderate easterly wind brining in cold air. Maximum temperatures will be around 4 degrees. But once the sun goes down around 4:30 p.m., temperatures will drop quickly. 

Dutch architecture in Indonesia - Bank Indonesia in Medan
Dec 2 '16 10:09

The Dutch government is discussing a proposal for a major new investigation into violence used by Dutch in Indonesia in the late 40's. This follows the results of years of research by historian Remy Limpach that found that "systemic violence" was used in the former Dutch East Indies, RTL Nieuws reports.

Diederik Samsom campaigning for the PvdA in Amsterdam in 2012, with Lodewijk Asscher (holding a microphone)
Dec 2 '16 09:40

The election for PvdA leadership between curent leader Diederik Samsom and current Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher, is coming down to a neck-on-neck race. Samsom has the support of some 47 percent of PvdA members and 44 percent support Asscher, according to a survey by EenVandaag among 600 members.

The other 9 percent don't know who they'll vote for yet. PvdA members can vote for their new leader until December 8th. 

Police uniform
Dec 2 '16 09:02

A shooting incident involving a Kalashnikov or other form of assault rifle in Putte on Wednesday left a young couple terrified. An Audi parked on Schoolstraat was riddled with bullets. And one stray bullet shot straight through the couple's house.

Women wearing burqas
Dec 2 '16 08:43

The number of incidents involving Muslim discrimination recorded by the police last year more than tripled comopared to 2014, according to a study by the Verwey-Jonker Institute, commissioned by the Anne Frank Foundations. The incidents increased from 142 in 2014 to 446 last year, ANP reports.

NATO logo
Dec 2 '16 08:28

Toxic chromium-6 paint was found in the former NATO armory near Almelo. The work space has been closed down and specialized company Dolmans Calmiteeiten Diensten is working on cleaning the place, AD reports.

According to a Defense spokesperson, the decision to do a "deep cleaning" was made last year. The cleaning was scheduled for this month. In anticipation for that, the building was again checked over and traces of chromium 6 were found. According to the spokesperson, the level of chromium 6 found in the building is below the legal limits.

Asylum seekers
Dec 2 '16 08:06

Staff memebers working at asylum shelters feel unsafe due to the "antisocial and criminal behavior" of hopeless asylum seekers from North African countries. The situation has become untenable", the works council wrote in a letter to the management of the COA, AD reprots.

The COA is the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers in the Netherlands. AD has a copy of the letter sent to the management in its possession.

Geert Wilders
Dec 2 '16 07:41

In 2009 and 2010 intelligence service AIVD investigated PVV leader Geert Wilders' contacts in Israel, the Volkskrant reports based on its own research. The AIVD was concerned about Wilders' loyalty and that he was possibly being influenced by Israel, according to the newspaper.

Dec 1 '16 17:05

Dutch youth smoke less, drink less, use fewer drugs and are less often in trouble with the law, according to Statistics Netherlands 2016 Youth Monitor which was published on Thursday, the Telegraaf reports.

Insiya Hemani
Dec 1 '16 16:31

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan awarded the Amsterdam pin to Ezio P. on Thursday for trying to stop two-year-old Insiya Hemani from being kidnapped from her home on September 29th. P.'s last name is being withheld at the request of city officials as the criminal investigation is ongoing.

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