fireworks
Aug 1 '17 14:00

This New Year's there will be a fireworks show especially for children in Rotterdam, the organizers of the National Fireworks at the Erasmus Bridge announced. The Kids Fireworks will be held on a pontoon at the bridge between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on New Years Eve, ANP reports.

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Aug 1 '17 13:20

The fire brigade is not discriminating by judging men and women equally in the firefighters' periodic condition test, the College for Human Rights ruled, NOS reports.

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Aug 1 '17 12:40

The body of a man was found in a home on Hugo de Grootstraat in Tilburg on Tuesday morning. The man has been dead for some time, a police spokesperson said to Omroep Brabant.

The police are investigating how the man died, but the initial assessment does not indicate that he was murdered. "Whether this is a natural death, the doctor needs to determine", the spokesperson said. 

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Aug 1 '17 12:00

A 68-year-old man from Leeuwen in Limburg was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting minor girls, the Limburger reports. A police spokesperson confirmed to the newspaper that he was arrested on July 19th and is still in custody. The man was caught after someone pressed charges against hi.

How many girls were involved is not yet clear. A spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor told broadcaster NOS that the investigation into the extent and seriousness of the case is still ongoing. No further announcements will be made for the time being.

 

Eggs
Aug 1 '17 11:20

Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA issued a warning to consumers not to eat eggs with the company code X-NL-40155XX. The content of toxic fipronil in these eggs is so high that they pose an acute danger to public health, the NVWA said, NU.nl reports.

The Xs in the code represent numbers. The code will be stamped on the egg. The NVWA is recalling the affected eggs from the shelves, but consumers who already bought eggs with this code are advised to throw them away. 

Dairy Farm
Aug 1 '17 10:40

The Netherlands' agriculture sector has relatively the lowest impact on the environment of all the countries in the world, according to a study by ABN Amro. Per kilo of agricultural product, the Netherlands 'footprint' of, among others, CO2, energy, pesticides and antibiotics is the lowest, the bank concludes, NOS reports.

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Aug 1 '17 09:55

Young people who are ordered by the juvenile court to undergo therapy face waiting times of up to one year before their therapy can start, the Volkskrant reports based on its own research. 

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Aug 1 '17 09:19

ProRail established a special team to check all fire alarms that go off in the Schiphol tunnel. The rail operator hopes that this team will help stop fire alarms in the tunnel leading to chaos and hours-long delays on the track in the Randstad area, ANP reports.

Fire detectors in the tunnel often sound alarm over small and relatively harmless incidents, bringing train traffic to a stand still while the alarm is investigated. According to ProRail, the new team will check out what is going on within 10 minutes of an alarm and solve the problems themselves as far as possible. 

Crime scene
Aug 1 '17 08:51

A 42-year-old man drowned in the Zevenhuizerplas in Rotterdam on Monday. He was swimming with his teenage son when he disappeared under water, NOS reports.

The boy tried to save him, but to no avail. Emergency services pulled the Bleiswijk man's body out of the water after a 20 minute search. The emergency services believe that the man became exhausted while swimming and couldn't make it back to the shore.

Dutch police officers responding to a report of a crime
Aug 1 '17 08:27

One person was hurt in a shooting on Puccinistraat in Tilburg early on Tuesday morning. The perpetrators fled in a car and are still at large. A police helicopter was deployed to search for them, AD reports.

The shooting happened around 2:00 a.m. Bystanders saw two suspects drive away. According to the newspaper, the victim sustained two bullet wounds - one in the abdomen and one in the upper leg. 

Bert Koenders
Aug 1 '17 08:08

A number of parliamentarians are calling on Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs to update travel advice for Turkey after a Dutch man was arrested there last week. The Dutch man was on social media. He has since been released, but is still not allowed to leave the country.

Shell Pernis in Rotterdam
Aug 1 '17 07:45

Emergency services responded en masse to the Shell Pernis refinery in Rotterdam on Monday night after a leak of hydrofluoric acid was discovered. Less than 48 hours earlier, emergency services also responded to the refinery when a short circuit in a high voltage cable caused a fire, NU.nl reports.

A very low concentration of the hazardous substance leaked when flushing pipes, according to the local safety office. The leak was discovered around 10:15 p.m. By 00:30 a.m. the Shell staff managed to close the leak. The acid did not leak off the Shell premises.

Marechaussee
Jul 31 '17 17:00

The joint unions of Defense personnel are planning labor actions twice this week. Friday's action may result in longer than usual queues at the airports in Eindhoven and Rotterdam, ANP reports.

On Friday the Koninklijke Marechaussee will perform extra strict and thorough passport checks at these airports. This may cause longer queues and extra inconvenience for passengers. The Koninklijke Marechaussee is a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for border security, including at airports and harbors.

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Jul 31 '17 16:20

Over the past days the Belgian police arrested three people suspected of money laundering via bitcoins. One of the suspects is a 24-year-old Dutch man called Tommie V., the Telegraaf reports. He was arrested on Saturday.

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Jul 31 '17 15:40

Shell may scrap around 400 jobs in the Netherlands, mainly in the Projects & Technology division in Amsterdam and Rijswijk, the oil and gas giant confirmed on Monday. This round of layoffs will be part of measures taken in the last quarter of this year, ANP reports.

Some of the affected employees may be able to continue working in another division at Shell. The precise impact is not yet clear and it still has to be discussed with the central works council and trade unions, the company emphasized.

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Jul 31 '17 15:00

A group of 15 Islamic primary schools in the Amsterdam region are calling on parents not to send their kids to a new Islamic high school set to open in the Dutch capital on September 1st. The board of the Islamic education foundation SIO "has no experience or affinity with education", the primary schools said in a joint statement, which is in the hands of NRC.

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