Apr 18 '17 09:10

Studying in Amsterdam seems to be becoming increasingly only for the "white elite", according to student union ASVA and Amsterdam United. Especially young people with financially less well-off parents and young people with a non-Western background have a hard time getting into higher education in the Dutch capital, Metro Nieuws reports. 

"Education is increasingly only for the white elite. Action must be taken now", Henriette Hoogervorst, chairman of ASVA, said to the newspaper.

Apr 18 '17 08:40

A fire that broke out in a student dorm on Nieuwe Ebbingestraat in Groningen on Monday left three people injured. One was taken to the hospital for treatment, the other two were treated at the scene. The fire department managed to extinguish the fire relatively quickly, Oog TV reports.

Firefighters responded en masse due to the belief that people were trapped in the burning dorm. This turned out not to be the case. The dorm was ventilated after the fire was extinguished. 

Apr 18 '17 08:23

About a third of kids in group 8 score higher in their final test than the level at which their school estimated them, according to a report by the Education Inspectorate. For 13 thousand kids, about one in five students, this led to a an adjusted high school advice last year. The Inspectorate noticed that especially kids of highly educated parents end up getting a better advice as these parents are more insistent about it and are more likely to get tutors for their children, AD reports.

Apr 18 '17 07:45

Emissions of greenhouse gas methane is much higher in the Netherlands than existing figures would suggest, according to De Correspondent. Since 1990 methane emissions did not decrease by 43 percent, but only by 20 percent, the newspaper reports based on measurements in the field by journalist Han van de Wiel.

Methane gas is a much stronger and more dangerous greenhouse gas than CO2 and is especially released by cattle. Existing figures on this gas are based on estimates and unverifiable claims from the industry - not actual measurements, according to the newspaper.

Crime scene (Photo: Politie)
Apr 18 '17 07:21

One person was killed in a shooting in a parking lot on Sylvain Poonsstraat in The Hague shortly before midnight on Monday. The police are searching for the perpetrators, who may have fled in a car. As far as is known, no arrests were made so far.

A witness told Den Haag FM that the victim is in a car on the parking lot. Windows of two cars, parked next to each other, were shot out. The side window of a green car is shattered, as is the back window of a black car parked next to it. 

Apr 17 '17 15:51

With Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan claiming a narrow victory in a referendum designed to give his office more power, several politicians in the Netherlands expressed disdain for the vote results. Erdogan opponents in Turkey questioned the veracity of the vote count, with Turkish state media claiming that 70 percent of Turkish passport holders in the Netherlands .

The Verily Study Watch from a Google sister firm
Apr 17 '17 15:00

Google parent company Alphabet turned heads last week with the announcement of a sleek new smartwatch from its life sciences subsidiary Verily. Though not planned for the consumer market, the Verily Study Watch will be part of a joint research project between the firm and Radboud University in Nijmegen to examine the effect of multiple factors on the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

Snow and Hail fall in Friesland
Apr 17 '17 14:18

Frigid, and potentially freezing temperatures are expected across the Netherlands this week, dashing the hopes of many residents that a warm spring would make its return. The thermometer is expected to plummet as low as -1 degrees in Venlo, Limburg on Wednesday morning, but a strong Northerly wind will make it feel like -8 degrees there.

The city near the German border will like face three straight days of freezing temperatures in the early morning hours. Snow and sleet is even possible in parts of Limburg this week.

Police in Dishoek, Zeeland investigate Serbia couple's shooting deaths
Apr 17 '17 13:40

Authorities positively identified two shooting victims as a 43-year-old man and his 39-year-old wife, police said on Monday. The victims were at the edge of Dishoek, Zeeland last week.

Bullet hole glass strike
Apr 17 '17 12:50

Bullets whizzed through a Roosendaal neighborhood Sunday night in what police allege to be a targeted shooting of a home on the Diepenberg in the Noord-Brabant city. Several shots were fired at the home, bursting windows before the suspects escaped just after 11 p.m. on Easter.

There were no injuries in the incident despite at least one resident being home at the time of the shooting, police told Omroep Brabant.

Police have not yet identified a motive in the shooting.

Apr 17 '17 11:35

About a dozen homes were evacuated in Doetinchem, Gelderland on Monday morning after burglars used heavy explosives to steal from a Rabobank cash machine. Plumes of smoke hung over the city after the blast, with witnesses first calling emergency services around 4:10 a.m., police said in a statement.

More explosives were found at the scene by a bomb disposal unit, prompting emergency teams to evacuate the area as a precaution. The explosive material was later detonated at another location.

Flaco the dog rescued in Gelderland
Apr 14 '17 17:36

Firefighters in the small Gelderland town of Wilp managed to free a small dog that trapped itself into a sewer. Flaco sprinted away from its owner when his harness snapped open during a walk on Friday, running past a dike and scampering across two meadows.

He then appeared to hide in a "safe place," a partially-submerged drain pipe where he found himself caught. The dog's owner tracked him down and tried to use treats to coax the scared animal into safety.

Police, Marechaussee arrest Amsterdam taxi driver
Apr 14 '17 16:18

Police in Amsterdam arrested eight suspects connected to a plot to excessively overcharge taxi passengers picked up at Schiphol Airport. In one case investigated by authorities, a Swedish man was ordered to pay 595 euros for a ride from the airport to Amsterdam city center, a taxi fare that normally costs between 40 and 60 euros.

Tourists in Amsterdam over Easter 2017
Apr 14 '17 15:32

With Airbnb locations booked solid and hotels filled to capacity, Amsterdam city hall has authorized the use of a police traffic management plan normally rolled out exclusively for massive events. A constant stream of tourists dragging suitcases behind them could be seen all Friday morning and afternoon, while restaurants, shops and attractions in Leidseplein, Dam Square, the Red Light District and the Nieuwmarkt were bursting at the seams.

Forensic investigators in Dishoek, Zeeland where two bodies were found, 13 Apr 2017
Apr 14 '17 14:53

A couple yesterday were a 43-year-old man and 39-year-old woman living in Middelburg about nine kilometers away, police stated on Friday. Neighbors living on the Tamariskenlaan in Middelburg believe the victims are Serbian parents of five children, noting that their turbulent marriage frequently required police intervention, according to the AD.

Pandas Xing Ya and Wu Weng on their way to their new home at Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, 12 Apr 2017
Apr 14 '17 08:25

While panda enthusiasts across the Netherlands on Wednesday, Amnesty International posted a video on social media reminding people not to let the pandas make them forget about all the human rights violations in China.

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