An Amstelveen jeweler confessed to staging a robbery at his company in November last year in order to claim insurance, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor confirmed to ANP. The "stolen" jewels were insured for several millions of euros.
Several dozen snakes, including boa constrictors, red rattlesnakes, African house snakes and one python, were stolen from a home in Heteret this week, ANP reports.
The snakes were stolen from a shed behind the owners home on Polderstraat somewhere between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. The owner only realized the cages were empty during the course of the day on Thursday. The theft was reported to the police.
A 25-year-old motorist from Woudneberg was caught driving 246 kilometers per hour on the A2 highway near Liempde on Thursday night. The police revoked his license, AD reports.
The police caught the man driving at about double the 130 km/h speed limit around 10:00 p.m. After a short chase, they managed to pull him over in Liempde.
The officers took his license and his keys, because he is not allowed to drive any further. He will have to redo his driving test to get his license back, according to the newspaper.
Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher calls workplace discrimination against pregnant women completely unacceptable, in response to the pregnancy discrimination hotline receiving over 550 complaints in just two weeks.
The official outcome of the election in the United Kingdom on Thursday is still unknown. But it is certain that Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party will lose its absolute majority. While anti-Brexit Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party gained ground. What consequences this will hold for the Brexit is unclear. We'll have to wait and see, is what Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has to say on the matter.
Utrecht will soon be the site of the largest green energy storage in the Benelux. A gigantic Tesla battery will be placed on the Jaarbeurs that will store energy from solar panels. The battery is intended to charge electric cars in the Jaarbeurs complex, Financieele Dagblad reports.
The Jaarbeurs Utrecht, grid manager Stedin, energy provider Scholt Energy and charging point developer LomboXnet all invested in this project. The contracts with Tesla have already been signed, according to the newspaper.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is visiting Groningen next week Friday to discuss gas extraction and the problem the province has with fracking earthquakes. His schedule includes meetings with mayors, provincial managers, residents foundation Groninger Bodem Beweging and the Groninger Gasberaad, NU.nl reports.
Jan Roos is taking leave of political party Voor Nederland (VNL), he announced on Thursday. Instead he will be launching his own online opinion page, NU.nl reports.
Roos participated in the parliamentary elections in March, but VNL did not win any parliamentary seats. "We were not able to achieve what we wanted to achieve", he said. "It's not what I hoped for, but I am not ready to give up on my opinion." He will give this opinion on his own site in future.
The future of the VNL without Roos is unclear.
Unemployment in the Netherlands continues to fall and the number of vacancies is on the rise. In the first quarter of this year there were 2.7 unemployed persons per open vacancy, compared to 3.9 in the same quarter last year, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Friday.
A car crashed into the historically old entrance of Rotterdam Zoo during the early hours of Friday morning. The car rolled and ended up in the zoo's entrance. Two of the five people in the car had to be hospitalized, AD reports.
The driver of the car was arrested for reckless driving. It is unclear whether he was intoxicated. The police are doing a technical investigation and speaking with everyone involved to find out what happened.
More than half of the schools that switched, or seriously considered switching, to so-called Steve Jobs Education over the past years, have since switched back to standard education, the Volkskrant reports after surveying the 46 involved schools. Most cite high costs imposed by initiator Maurice de Hond as the reason for abandoning the iPad-only concept.
The Netherlands' new hotline for pregnancy discrimination received over 550 reports from women in just two weeks, the College of Human Rights revealed on Friday, ANP reports.
The bulk of the reports came from women with a temporary or flexible contract, and women working through a temporary employment agency.
"The high number of reports that came in in a relatively short time stresses the urgency of the problem", the college said, according to the news wire. "It makes clear that the current approach to pregnancy discrimination needs to be tightened further."
A parent or grandparent traveling with a minor child through Schiphol Airport this summer, should take extra time for an additional security check into account. The Koninklijke Marechaussee implemented an additional check in the fight against child abduction, ANP reports.
If you are a family member traveling alone with an underage child, you need the permission from both parents to do so. In this additional check, the Koninklijke Marechaussee will check whether this permission is in place for each child not traveling with both parents. This check could take some time.
The entire country can look forward to a stormy Friday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow storm warning covering the entire Netherlands. The institute warns of strong winds, lightning, hail and large amounts of rain falling in a short time.
The storms will leave the country in a north easterly direction by this afternoon, the KNMI expects. Until then Netherlands residents can look forward to winds between 60 and 70 kilometers per hour and up to 20 mm of rain falling in a short period of time.
Frits Paymans, a VVD State member in Zuid-Holland, thinks that global warming is not caused by humans and that it is a conspiracy from which large multinationals benefit greatly, he said to Omroep West. His statements were received with shocked disbelief from other members of his party.
"The earth hasn't warmed over the past 20 years", Paymans said to the broadcaster. He called global warming a hype. "Climate change has always been here. The climate is never stable. It is the sum of all weather conditions."
Many thousands of people flocked to Bunschoten on Thursday evening to take part in a silent march for murdered 14-year-old Savannah Dekker. Savannah's family members did not join the march, because they did not feel emotionally up to it, Bunschoten Mayor Melis vn de Groep said. "Our togetherness is for the family a great hung from our loving community. Savannah always greeted everyone with a hug", he said before the march began, NU.nl reports.