Rotterdam investor Keadyn pushed 4.5 million euros into creating an "incubator" for technology startups. The concept is called 42workspace and is set to open its doors in the center of Rotterdam next week. A few other investors are also involved in this project, NU.nl reports.
A water main break in Apeldoorn on Friday morning caused a massive sinkhole on Edisonlaan, where it crosses with Koninginnelaan. The road will be closed for at least the weekend, De Stentor reports.
Water company Vitens received the first reports of the break around 5:00 a.m. and immediately sent technicians to the site. Contractor BAM is also on site, already working on road repairs. "That continues throughout the weekend, so it is expected that the road will be back in use Monday morning", a Vitens spokesperson said to the newspaper.
ProRail is installing camera surveillance at railway crossings. The rail company is concerned that road users will be more tempted to ignore red lights at the crossings once train traffic increases on the routes between Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven in September, a spokesperson for ProRail said to NU.nl.
NS employees are striking in Arnhem between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. today. Train traffic may be hindered, not only in Arnhem, but also in the rest of the country. NS advises travelers to keep an eye on their site for delays before leaving for the station. So far all early morning trains left on time, AD reports.
The Disciplinary Committee for Banks banned three bank employees from working as bankers for varying periods of time because they violated the Banker's Oath in three separate cases. The three employees may not work as bankers for 18 months, 12 months and 6 months respectively, according to rulings the committee published on Thursday.
In the continuous effort to make payments easier and more secure, Dutch bank ABN Amro is currently testing payment "wearables". A select group of testers are already using a special Kerv ring or watch with Near Field Communication (NFC) to make contactless payments directly from their bank accounts, ABN Amro announced on Thursday.
Amsterdam and Schiphol airport will soon be home to screens and billboards showing various attractions in The Hague. The two cities teamed up for a campaign to tempt tourists into visiting The Hague, instead of spending all their time in crowded Amsterdam. The campaign's motto is capital city to court city, ANP reports.
Amsterdam is traditionally very popular with tourists, and tourist numbers are expected to only increase in the coming years. And while this is great for the economy and employment, it also affects Amsterdam residents.
On an average day 21 percent of Dutch don't bother following the news at all and another 18 percent spend less than five minutes doing so, according to a study social and cultural planning office SCP released on Thursday. That amounts to 39 percent of Dutch barely knowing what's going on in the country and the world, ANP reports.
The SCP calls this a "troubling" trend. "A well informed population is important for the functioning of democracy", according to researcher Annemarie Wennekers.
Amsterdam is committed to creating more housing for people with low- or mid-level incomes. To realize this, the municipality is implementing a ratio for new construction projects - 40 percent social housing, 40 percent mid-level rents and 20 percent expensive housing, the city announced in a press release.
The number of job vacancies for young people is increasing rapidly in the Netherlands, especially for young people with vocational qualifications. Between September 2016 and February 2017 there were a total of 214 thousand vacancies at vocational level, according to a study by benefits agency UWV and the organization for cooperation between vocational education and the business world SBB, NU.nl reports.
The last quarter of 2016 had 26 percent more vocational vacancies than the same quarter in 2015.
The municipality of Amsterdam sent letters to all businesses renting camels in the city, informing them that making the animals walk through the busy city is contrary to animal welfare, alderman Laurens Ivens said, AD reports.
From September 6th NS and ProRail will perform tests in running six trains per hour between Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven. For 14 Wednesdays a train will leave on this route every 10 minutes. If these tests go according to plan, there will be six trains per hour on this route every day from the start of the new timetable in December, NOS reports.
Amsterdam dropped 21 spots on Mercer's list of most expensive cities in the world for expats. The Dutch capital is now in 85th place, down from last year's 64th position. On the list of European cities, Amsterdam is still 12th most expensive, Het Parool reports.
Rotterdam helped 12 thousand unemployed people back to work six months before the city's self-set deadline to do so, Rotterdam alderman Maarten Struijvenberg announced. "The objective of our college was to achieve this result in four years. We did it six months earlier", he said on Tuesday, AD reports.
The Netherlands is Europe's fourth most innovative country, according to the European Commissions' European Innovation Scoreboard for 2016. Sweden took first place, like in 2015, followed by Denmark and Finland. The United Kingdom makes up the top 5, NU.nl reports.
Over a thousand people expressed support online for an establishment of the members-only club Soho House to open in Amsterdam. Previous plans to open an Amsterdam branch of the exclusive club, were blocked by the Amsterdam court last month, AT5 reports.
Most Dutch universities and colleges still charge students tuition when they suspend their studies for a year to sit on the board of an association. "Instead of colleges and universities thanking their committed and ambitious student executives for their crucial contribution to a challenging study climate, they punish them by charging them for courses they aren't following", Rhea van der Dong of student association ISO said, ANP reports.
The new bicycle and pedestrian bridge Amsterdam has planned over the IJ river, between Java Island and Noord, will open for ships that can't fit beneath it at request, Het Parool reports based on the municipality's plans for the Java Bridge. This means that the estimated 30 thousand cyclists who will use the bridge, will often find it with closed gates, waiting for a ship to pass.
Top Dutch - Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland's campaign to bring a massive Tesla factory to north Netherlands - launched a new step in its campaigning on Monday. The northern provinces are now recruiting people to work at the prospective Tesla factory, the Leeuwarder Courant reports.
The city of Amsterdam is launching an experiment on Monday in which surveillance cameras and WiFi sensors will be used to snap pictures in the Red Light District to monitor crowds. In this way the municipality wants to find out whether it is necessary to better manage the flow of people through the area, to prevent unmanageable crowds, AD reports.
The experiment starts Monday and lasts for four weeks. It will be done in Stoofsteeg, Oudekennissteeg and part of the Oudezijds Voorburgwal.
Lelystad airport may accommodate some 25 thousand annual flights within four or five years after its extended runway opens in April 2019, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment confirmed to the Telegraaf.
The number of Amsterdam homes being rented out on Airbnb is still growing significantly, BNR reports based on figures from Inside Airbnb from July 2016 and April 2017. BNR teamed up with map specialist Esri to create a map showing the numbers of Airbnb listings per neighborhood, for 2016 and 2017.
Remarkably, most of the Airbnb growth happened outside the Amsterdam city center. Some neighborhoods in the city center and Amsterdam Zuid, like Nieuwmarktbuurt, Museumkwartier and Zuidas, even saw a decrease in listings.
Train travelers can expect rail traffic delays on Monday morning due to a NS worker strike organized by union FNV at Den Haag Centraal and Zwolle stations. The strike started at 5:00 a.m. and will go on until 9:00 a.m.
Dutch food and product safety authority NVWA raided a very expensive Amsterdam fashion boutique this week and seized 105 items of clothing made of leather from endangered species - including shoes, coats, belts, skirts and other accessories made of crocodile, python and anaconda leather, the Volkskrant reports based on a court ruling.