Mar 28 '13 08:21

The “Blok mortgage” has to be the way to make the housing market moving again. But almost no bank wants to offer it and mortgage advisers refuse to sell it. RTL News concludes this after its own investigation.

Recently Volkskrant reported that the newly devised mortgage construction of Minister Stef Blok (Housing) to reduce monthly costs for starters proved to be very expensive. A calculation of the advice chain Hypotheker shows that an average starter with a block mortgage pays almost 60,000 euro more interest over the whole period than people with an annuity-type mortgage.

Mar 28 '13 08:16

The police are looking for witnesses of the armed robbery at an ice cream parlor in Almelo and the subsequent shooting incident at the railway station where  the police shot the robber and arrested him.

Last Sunday evening the 36-year-old suspect from Enschede, armed with a knife, threatened the staff of the ice cream parlor and escaped with an unkown amount. The police searched for the criminal in the area around the crime spot and found the robber at the station. There a shooting took place and the suspect was shot and sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Mar 27 '13 08:17

The chance that you will die in a hospital seems to highly depend on the province where you live! The number of patients who die in a hospital is lowest in Zeeland, Groningen and Friesland and highest in the province of Limburg.

Mar 27 '13 08:10

A family in Purmerend has been sitting for fifteen months on top of the remains of their lost cat. The animal died when it got stuck in the springs at the bottom of the living room couch.

The cat Blacky was lost at the end of December 2011. Not finding the cat anywhere inside and outside the house, the owners assumed that the pet fell through the ice and drowned.

Mar 27 '13 08:08

In little more than a week, De Correspondent has reached its target number of 15,000 members. “A milestone in the field of crowdfunding,” writes De Correspondent on its website.

The journalism project of the former nrc.next editor Rob Wijnberg needed 15,000 paying members to be able to start the project. The necessary start-up capital of 900,000 euro was exceeded to more than a million.

Mar 27 '13 08:00

Although the 50Plus party is doing well in polls, the unions of the elderly claim to be critical of the party of Henk Krol.

The daily journal Trouw interviewed the unions of elderly people. Five of these organizations for senior citizens were not happy at all with the party.

“We don’t want to be associated with the image that 50Plus stands for the interests of the elderly only,” says Wim van Minnen, the chairman of CSO, the umbrella organization of the elderly unions. “Every discussion about the young and old undermines the solidarity that we stand for.”

Mar 27 '13 06:20

In the big cities, especially in the areas around the railway stations, the traffic to and from the stations is often paralyzed because there are not enough parking spots for bicycles, which block the pedestrian areas and parts of the roads.

An article published on Monday in the daily journal Trouw says that in large cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, cycling traffic is growing by 1.5 to 3 percent each year. For Rotterdam, this annual growth is 5 percent.

Mar 27 '13 06:08

Amsterdam designated six of the city’s prominent locations to demonstrations of anti-monarchists and other activists during the accession festivities on the 30th of April.

Mar 27 '13 06:07

The members of the parliament are very happy that State Secretary for Education, Sander Dekker, is going to take on teasing at schools. The coming new law of Dekker can count on the support of the coalition parties VVD and PvdA, but part of the opposition also promised support.

Mar 27 '13 05:53

Retired presenter and singer Herman Emmink died on Monday in Laren at the age of 86. Emmink became famous with his version of the evergreen “Tulips from Amsterdam”.

He started his career as announcer for the radio in the early fifties. In 1957, he gained much popularity as a singer with the famous song “Tulips from Amsterdam”. He became known as “the singing broadcaster”.

Mar 27 '13 05:50

On Tuesday, a bushfire again raged on the Veluwe. Just like the day before the fire broke out near Hoog Soeren, west of Apeldoorn. Police investigation now shows that the fire on Sunday was probably ignited.

The fire broke out at 1.00 am on a piece of heathland between Hoog Soeren and the restaurant Echoput along the Amersfoortseweg. Dozens of firefighters and a dozen fire trucks battled the fire. It was only around 2.00 pm when the 'safe' signal was given.

Mar 27 '13 03:00

The Netherlands counts almost 2.000 100-plussers, people over a hundred year old. 87 percent of them are women and more than half still live independently.

Mar 27 '13 02:58

A motorist was injured Sunday when the car they were driving rolled over on the Cornelis Lelylaan in Amsterdam.

The rollover happened around 2.00 pm jamming up traffic on the city's southwest side. A cacuse has not been determined in the crash where the car landed besides the road on its roof. No other vehicles or pedestrians were involved, according to a police official.

The motorist was taken, with unknown injuries, to an area hospital.

The road was blocked for a while for all traffic. Police opened up the road around 3.00 pm.

Mar 27 '13 02:56

On Sunday, approximately 235,000 people traveled by train for free courtesy of the promotion for the annual national book week, Boekenweek. The Dutch rail company, NS, said the number was a 17.5% increase over last year's total of 200,000.

Anyone who had spent more than €12.50 on a Dutch book last week in the Netherlands was eligible to receive a free copy of the Kees van Kooten book, De verrekijker. Showing the freebie to the NS on the last day of Boekenweek meant a passenger could get a free train ride.

Mar 27 '13 02:54

Police patrolling the Zuidplein Mall in Rotterdam shot a 25-year-old man on Thursday evening after he tried to escape from them. The Hoogvliet man was shot once in the leg, and was taken to an area hospital.

The police received a tip that the man was carrying a firearm. When police approached the man he took off running. One officer shot at the escaping suspect.

A gun was found on the wounded man's body before he was taken to a hospital.

The State Investigation Department is investigating the case.

Mar 27 '13 02:54

For the first time since 1984, the Netherlands counts more than 600.000 unemployed people. According to the latest numbers of the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS), unemployment increased sharply again in February, up to 7,7 percent.

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