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Chimney Piet
Oct 24 '16 12:19

Broadcaster RTL will not be using blacface makeup on Zwarte Piet this year. The media company decided to from now on only use Pieten with soot marks on their face, RTL said in a statement. 

"For one part the image of Zwarte Piet is discriminatory, while others find that Zwarte Piet is an integral part of the tradition", the broadcaster said in a statemetn. "RTL understands both points of view, but also believes that this discussion should not be about what's right, but understanding for each other."

Mother hugs toddler next to the A20 in Spijkenisse after bystander Vincent Bakker rescued him and baby sibling from a burning car, 20 Oct 2016 (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube)
Oct 21 '16 14:45

Vincent Bakker, a 26-year-old mechanic from Spijkenisse, rescued a baby and a toddler from a burning car on the A20 in Schiedam on Thursday morning. The police released a video of this act of heroism.

Ecstasy pill that contains a fatal dose of PMMA (Photo: NFI/Trimbos Institute)
Oct 21 '16 14:38

The Trimbos institute issued a "red alert" warning on Thursday for dangerous ecstasy pills that contain a fatal dose of PMMA. The institute found numerous of these red pills with a Superman logo on both sides.

Ecstasy pills often contains PMMA, but this is an "extremely high dose", a spokesperson for Trimbos said to RTL Nieuws. This high dose triggered the institute to issue the national warning. Trimbos expects to know more about the pills during the course of Friday, but issued the warning immediately due to the Amsterdam Dance Event that started on Wednesday.

Amsterdam Dance Event (Picture: Twitter/@RobinDJRobin)
Oct 20 '16 18:37

Amsterdam is cracking down on illegal vacation rentals during the Amsterdam Dance Event, which kicked off on Wednesday night and is on until Sunday. The city set up a hotline where residents can report suspicions of illegal rentals.

From today until Sunday Amsterdam residents can call the number 14020 if they suspect someone is renting their home to tourists illegally. The caller will be transferred to a team of enforcers who will visit the address if the report is considered well grounded. The hotline is open between 2:00 p.m. and 9:00  p.m. every day.

Oct 20 '16 15:03

Baby elephant Sanuk, , explored outside for the first time on Thursday afternoon, the zoo said on Twitter.

The baby Asian elephant stayed close to mother Thong Tai and hid under her belly from the rain, a spokesperson for the zoo said to news wire ANP. After some time outside, the mother and calf went back to their enclosure.

Oct 20 '16 12:40

The Amsterdam Dance Event - the biggest dance festival in the world - kicked off in the Dutch capital on Wednesday. This year the event expects 375 thousand visitors at its hundreds of parties, breaking a world record

Oct 20 '16 12:05

Martin Garrix was named the best DJ in the world by DJ Mag Top 100 during the opening of the Amsterdam Dance Event on Wednesday. DJ Tiesto handed him the prize. The 20-year-old Dutch man is the youngest DJ ever to be awarded this title

Oct 12 '16 09:58

Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are heading to Rotterdam to film for their new show The Grand Tour

Oct 11 '16 16:50

The Amsterdam Dance Event will include a very special performance this year. Amsterdam DJ Meceo Plex will play one show, for free, in the bicycle tunnel under the Rijksmuseum

Oct 11 '16 08:29

Actor Marnix Kappers, 73, passed away in his hometown of Amsterdam on Monday morning, his family announced in a short statement. Kappers was best known for his role as Neef Herbert in the NCRV television program De Familie Knots

Oct 5 '16 16:00

Justin Bieber caused a bit of a commotion when he and friend Martin Garrix went shopping at an Albert Heijn store in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening.

Oct 4 '16 09:44

As of January 1st beer bikes are no longer welcome in large parts of Amsterdam city center. The municipality decided they cause too much trouble

Sep 12 '16 11:40

The police arrested a well-known rapper in Rotterdam in connection with unrest in Tilburg on Sunday night. There the police stopped a brawl between the supporters of two rappers, Boef and Para Soma

Aug 30 '16 08:24

A power outage at the Media Park in Hilversum early on Tuesday morning resulted in program Goedenmorgen Nederland of WNL not being broadcast between 7:10 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. Grid manager Liander reports on Twitter that the problem was fixed and power is restored

Aug 26 '16 08:59

Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan officially opened the swings on the observation deck of A'Dam tower on Thursday. At a height of 100 meter the swing, named Over The Edge, is the highest in Europe

Aug 25 '16 11:20

Uber is offering its customers a way to beat the traffic to Mysteryland this weekend with its newest service UberCHOPPER. With this helicopter service Uber customers can avoid traffic jams and arrive in style

Aug 22 '16 13:10

Jona, an 11-year-old boy, ignored bullies and comments for three years to grow his hair long enough for making a wig. Last week he finally had a haircut and donated a 25 cm ponytail to wig making charity Haarwensen, RTV Noord-Holland reports.

Aug 22 '16 12:10

The municipality of The Hague asked Niantic, the maker of smartphone game Pokemon Go, to have fewer Pokemon appear in nature area Kijkduin. If the municipality has its way, there will no longer be any of these creatures in the area, but fewer is a start, a spokesperson for the municipality confirmed to NU.nl.

Aug 19 '16 12:10

The Ferris wheel on the Scheveningen Pier opened today. From 10:00 a.m. visitors can ride the 50 meter high wheel in one of its 36 gondolas, admiring vies of the North Sea, the beach and The Hague

Aug 18 '16 14:00

Dutch DJ Tiesto is the second highest-paid DJ in the world, according to the annual ranking by business magazine Forbes. He is only beaten by Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, who is holding the title of highest paid DJ in the world for the fourth year in a row.

Aug 15 '16 14:00

About 780 thousand people got up in the early hours of Sunday morning to see Dafne Schippers make it to 5th place in the 100 meters at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to NPO's viewer figures. This was the first time ever that so many people in the Netherlands were waching television at around 3:30 a.m.

Aug 15 '16 09:18

The opening evening of the International Fireworks Festival Scheveningen on Friday drew over 80 thousand visitors, the organization announced. The festival kicked off by firework displays from the Netherlands and Belgium.

Aug 8 '16 08:38

The closing party for EuroPride 2016 in Amsterdam on Sunday night attracted around 500 thousand visitors, according to the Amsterdam police. By 8:00 p.m. the police had to start showing people away as the Rembrandtplein reached its capacity

Aug 8 '16 08:07

The 21st edition of Amsterdam's Canal Parade on Saturday drew just as many visitors as last year, when a record number of people came to watch the parade. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded to the Dutch capital, despite the extra security measures taken due to the terrorism threat

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