Live European eels found in the luggage of a Chinese couple at Schiphol, 17 Apr 2017
Apr 19 '17 11:35

The Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA and Customs arrested a Chinese couple on Easter Monday for trying to smuggle 72 kilograms of live eels through Schiphol to China, the NVWA announced. The European eels were found in 36 plastic bags that were filled with water and hidden in six regular suitcases. 

According to the NVWA, the eels have a street value of around 115 thousand euros in China. An official report was filed against the Chinese couple and they will have to appear in court in July.

WWII monument in Park Sijtwende, Voorburg
Apr 19 '17 11:00

The names of three SS Nazi volunteers were found on the Dutch WWII memorial for Resistance fighters and Jewish war victims, among others, in Leidschendam-Voorburg. The names were discovered during intensive research by the local Historical Society, AD reports.

The thee names - J.H.P. van As, P.L. van Iren and j. Grondel - as well as that of a smuggler will be removed from the monument in Park Sijtwende before the annual commemoration on May 4th. 

Apr 19 '17 10:25

The poorest households in the Netherlands pay relatively the most on the climate policy, according to a study commissioned by the Dutch Friends of the Earth, Milieudefensie. The poorest households pay over 5 percent of their income to the climate policy, wihile the richest 10 percent of Dutch pay only 1.5 percent, Nieuwsuur reports.

Explosion wipes out the top floor of a retirement home in Veendam, 19 Apr 2017
Apr 19 '17 09:48

One person was killed and two others sustained minor injuries in an explosion of a retirement apartment building in Veendam on Wednesday morning, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Groningen said on Twitter. 

Apr 19 '17 09:11

The voting behavior of Dutch-Turks in the recent breathed new life into debate on dual-nationality in the Netherlands. Of the, 71 percent voted pro-Erdogan.

nursing home elderly
Apr 19 '17 08:42

The departing VVD and PvdA government reached an agreement to push an extra 200 million euros into nursing home care. This is on top of 100 million euros already pledged to solving the most pressing problems in nursing homes, NOS reports.

Henk Kamp
Apr 19 '17 08:26

The Dutch government is reducing gas extraction in Groningen by a further 10 percent based on advice from the State supervision on mines SodM that this is the only way to reduce the chance of heavy earthquakes in the region, Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs announced on Tuesday. This year 24 billion cubic meters of gas can be extracted in Groningen, as of October 1st that will be reduced to 21.6 billion cubic meters, NU.nl reports.

Apr 19 '17 07:46

Tilburg secondary vocational school De Rooi Pannen fired one teacher and suspended another for getting drunk on a school trip to Rome, school director Tiny Pheninckx said to RTL Nieuws.

Pheninckx did not want to go into the details of what happened. "But it wasn't just a glass of beer on a terrace."

Apartment building on cnr Julianalaan and Prins Bernardlaan in Veenendaal severly damaged by explosion, 19 Apr 2017
Apr 19 '17 07:26

A huge explosion in an apartment building in Veendam on Wednesday morning left the building on the edge of collapse, the Groningen fire department said on Twitter. The apartment building is located on the corner of Julianalaan and Prins Bernhardlaan. Emergency services are at the scene.

The fire department scaled the situation up to Grip 2, which is used in incidents that have a definite effect on the surrounding area. A single command is established and the mayor of the municipality was informed. 

Young Tijn painting nails for Serious Request, 21 Dec 2016
Apr 18 '17 16:35

Pope Francis sent a letter expressing his apostolic blessing over terminally ill six year old Tijn Kolsteren from Hapert.

Apr 18 '17 16:00

Rabobank is considering removing ATMs from populated areas following a series of ATM bombings in the Netherlands. An investigation into which ATMs form a risk to local residents was launched two weeks ago an accelerated after an ATM bombing in Doetinchem on Monday. The bank is particularly looking at ATMs that have people living next to or above it, the Gelderlander reports.

WSP quad bike stolen from R2R Store in Eindhoven, 17 Apr 2017
Apr 18 '17 15:25

An almost unique WSP quad bike was one of several items stolen from R2R Store in Eindhoven during the early hours of Monday morning. Owner Maikel de Laat posted surveillance camera images of the perpetrators on Facebook and offered a 10 thousand euros reward for the tip that leads to the return of the stolen items, Omroep Brabant reports.

Zr. Ms. Van Amstel
Apr 18 '17 14:50

The Dutch Navy seized a total of nearly 700 kilograms of cocaine in two separate drug busts in the Caribbean in the last 48 hours, Hart van Nederland reports.

During a shooting exercise off the coast of Curacao, Dutch frigate Zr. Ms. Van Amstel received a report of a suspicious small motorboat north of the territorial waters of Colombia. The NH-90 helicopter was deployed to find the motorboat, and Zr. Ms. Van Amstel set sail in its direction. 

Apr 18 '17 14:15

The use of plastic bags dropped 71 percent since the Dutch government , according to a report commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment on the results of the ban. Some 300 retailers were questioned about their experience with the free plastic bag ban, NU.nl reports.

Police
Apr 18 '17 13:40

A Roosendaal man believes his ex-wife is behind his home being targeted in a shooting on Sunday night, he said to Omroep Brabant. The home on Diepenberg in Roosendaal was No one was injured.

Wild boar
Apr 18 '17 13:05

A wild boar got stuck in a fence on Dianestraat in Waalre on Monday afternoon. The animal was eventually shot and killed by a hunter, after firefighters unsuccessfully tried to free the boar by sawing through the fence bars, a witness said to Omroep Brabant.

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