The crime rate in the Netherlands is much higher than the official figures reflect, according to a confidential report by the police and Public Prosecutor that newspaper Trouw has in its possession. According to the newspaper, the report speaks of the public authorities facing a looming "unbridgeable disadvantage".
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning of icy, slick roads caused by the snowfall overnight. All provinces except the coastal ones are affected.
Motorists are warned that to adjust their driving behavior - slow down and keep a safe following distance. Keep a close eye on weather and traffic reports. The slickness should dissipate during the course of the morning. The southeast and eastern parts of the country will experience it the longest.
Snow, storms and heavy winds are heading towards the Netherlands tonight and tomorrow, Weeronline predicts. Some inland areas including the Veluwe, the Sallandse Heuvelrug, the Limgburg Heuvels, Twente and Achterhoek may even get 5 to 10 centimeters of snow tonight.
The KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for all provinces except the coastal ones. The meteorological institute warns that snow could cause icy, slick roads. "All traffic participants can experience hindrance. Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings", the institute warns.
RTL Nieuws managed to break into the social media accounts of various politicians by using previously leaked passwords. With some of them, including the Twitter account of SGP leader Kees van der Staaij, the journalists left a message to show that they were there.
"This account has been leaked and is therefore vulnerable to hackers. Signed Daniel Verlaan and Siebe Sietsma of RTL Nieuws", a tweet read on Van der Staaij's account. The tweet has since been removed. They also broke into CDA Pieter Omtzigt's LinedIn account and various other unnamed politicians' Facebook accounts.
Two men suspected of involvement in the kidnapping of 2-year-old Insiya Hemani from Amsterdam in September last year, are in court on Thursday. Their lawyers claim that 47-year-old Robert B. and 59-year-old Frederick S. were only trying to help a distraught father get his daughter back, according to reporter Victor Schildkamp tweeting live from the courtroom.
The Heerlen police arranged extra protection for the Grotius College and its school grounds. The College's director, teachers and students received threats in response to the suicide of 15-year-old student Tharukshan Selvam on Sunday, AD reports.
Security experts in the United States are convinced that the Netherlands will be targeted by Russian hackers in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in March, like the American Democratic Party was during the U.S. elections, NOS reports. "The Dutch government is very, very alert", Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs said to the broadcaster. "I have no concrete evidence that this is the case, but I am not naive."
A shooting in an apartment building in the Utrecht neighborhood of Overvecht left one person dead early on Thursday morning. The circumstances surrounding the shooting is still very unclear, NOS reports.
The shooting happened around 1:45 a.m. in an apartment building on Faustdreef. According to the broadcaster, it happened on the porch of an apartment.
The police are doing a trace evidence investigation at the apartment.
The Netherlands can expect a cold and rainy day on Thursday, according to meteorological institute KNMI. The southern half of the country may even see between 10 and 20 mm of rain. During the course of the night, the rain is expected to turn into snow.
According to the meteorological institute, the morning will start out cloudy with scattered showers. The cloud cover and rain will increase during the course of the day. Tonight the center, east and south of the country can expect enough snow to at least emporarily cover the ground. Maximum temperatures will be around 7 degrees.
For the first time ever a list of endangered habitats in Europe was released, compiled by some 300 experts from over 30 countries working for three years on behalf of the European Commission. Across the EU there are 28 habitats that are considered "endangered" or "critically endangered". Fourteen of these habitats can be found in the Netherlands, Trouw reports.
In the Netherlands, endangered habitats include tidal rivers such as the Westerschelde and Eems, reed marshes in Noord-Holland and Zeeland, bogs like in Peel in Brabant among others, and sand banks such as the Veluwe.
School organization LVO Parkstad is launching a full investigation into the suicide of 15-year-old student Tharukshan Selvam over the weekend, chairman of the organization Frank Schings said to 1Limburg.
Anti-Islam nationalist party PVV will not be in the next Dutch government after the elections in March of this year, according to ING economists Martin van Vliet and Dimitry Flemming. In a report titled Much ado about nothing... probably, they list several reasons why they believe Geert Wilders and his PVV will not cause political earthquakes after the elections, Business Insider Nederland reports.
A 15-year-old Sri Lankan boy from Heerlen committed suicide on Sunday. According to a message his family posted on Facebook, young Tharukshan Selvam could no longer take the racial abuse, extortion, bullying and harassment on social media accounts from his classmates.
The distribution of funds between the national government and municipalities should be urgently reassessed by the new cabinet, the Council for Financial Relations said, according to newspaper Trouw. The Council called the current system "inefficient", "cluttered" and "inconsistent".
By the end fo this year, Dutch universities must employ 100 more female professors than they do now, Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Sciende orered. She is making 5 million euros available over the next 5 years to attract suitable female candidates, the Volkskrant reports.
This is on top of previous agreements on appointing 200 female professors by 2020. "In the Netherlands it's simply not going fast enough", Bussemaker said. She explained her policy on the field of scientific talent in a letter sent to parliament on Wednesday.
Dropping temperatures, increasing icy and slippery roads and a "very thick layer of snow", are expected for the Netherlands for the rest of this week and next week, according to MeteoGroup weatherman Reinout van den Born, Omroep Brabant reports.
From Thursday the upper air will be very cold, leading to sleet and possibly snow. This week the snow will still partially melt, but by next week the Netherlands may be covered in a thick layer.
According to PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher, the free movement of workers in the European Union - one of the EU's core values - has become a "business model for lwo wages". He calls on his European colleagues to put a stop to his by limiting labor migration in the EU, the Volkskrant reports.
No train traffic is possible to and from Roosendaal on Tuesday morning. A short circuit caused by an electrical fire in a substation means that there is no electricity on the overhead, according to ProRail.
The former director of a bankrupt family business in Rijswijk is the main suspect in a shooting at the Thialf ice skating stadium in Heerenveen on Saturday. Businessman Bert Jonker was injured in the shooting. Jonker's company picked up the bankrupt estate of the main suspect's company in 2015, the Volkskrant reports.
Police officer Mario from Boskoop, who was hit by a car on the Kaaseplein in The Hague over New Year's, passed away on Monday night, the Hague police announced on Facebook. The 36-year-old cop sustained severe brain injuries in the accident and was in a coma since it happened.
Despite a few days of climbing temperatures, the Netherlands can expect winter weather again later this week. From Thursday Weerplaza expects snow and sleet for the country.
A rain zone will pass over the Netherlands on Thursday, brining a strong northwesterly wind with it that will blow polar air across the country. On Thursday afternoon the numerous showers are expected to turn into snow and sleet. "In some regions several inches of snow can fall, enough for snow fun, but also enough to delay traffic."
On Monday the Dutch police distributed calendars with information of 52 cold cases to prisoners in five prisons. They hope that the prisoners will have information that can lead to new insights in the unsolved cases, the police announced on their website.
With terrorist threats, a centennial celebration, strikes and a 9.1 percent increase in passengers, Schiphol airport has a very busy year behind it. And 2017 will be even busier, CEO Jos Nijhuis expects. But the number of Koninklijke Marechaussee officers responsible for safety at the airport did not grow with the busyness of Schiphol. According to Nijhuis, the airport needs between 400 and 500 extra Marechaussee officers, he said to the Financieele Dagblad on Monday.