Police officer looking for witnesses
May 18 '17 12:20

A majority of community officers in the Netherlands believe that organized crime can continue virtually unchecked in the cities, according to a study by two Police Academy scientists on behalf of the National Police. According to the community officers, there are too few detectives and this hampers the work of uniformed officers, the Volkskrant reports.

jail
May 18 '17 11:45

The approach to fighting contraband in Dutch prisons is not effective enough, according to a report by the Inspectorate for Security and Justice. Prison staff don't have enough time and find it increasingly difficult to keep contraband like drugs and cellphones outside prison walls, the Inspectorate concludes, ANP reports.

The Inspectorate investigated seven prisons. The researchers concluded that prison staff are actively involved in counteracting contraband smuggling and there is no suggestion of a free trafficking market. But improvements are necessary. 

European Commission
May 18 '17 11:10

The United States' plans to ban laptops and tablets in the cabins of flights from Europe, was put on hold after the European Union decided against implementing it in an hours long on Wednesday. Other measures are still being considered, BBC reports.

Schiphol
May 18 '17 10:35

Schiphol struggled with a fuel supply disruption for a short time this morning. The problem has since been resolved, but it will take some time before all flights are departing back on schedule, a spokesperson for the airport said to NOS. About 50 flights are delayed.

"We are still working on getting everything started, so we still expect some slight delays", the spokesperson said. "Aircraft arriving at Schiphol that need to be refilled, must go to the end of the line before they are refilled. This may take a while."

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May 18 '17 09:58

The Netherlands had its first tropical day of the year on Wednesday with temperatures above 30 degrees in several places. In Hoek van Holland and Ell, Limburg the maximum climbed to 31 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature measured at a KNMI weather station on May 17th ever, according to Weeronline.

Feyenoord captain Dirk Kuijt lifts the Eredivisie trophy in front of some 150 thousand fans on the Coolsingel in Rotterdam, 15 May 2017
May 18 '17 09:39

Feyenoord captain Dirk Kuyt is retiring his football career, the Rotterdam team announced on its website on Wednesday. Following a career high point of scoring a hat trick and for Feyenoord on Sunday, the 36-year-old footballer feels that this is the right time to step down.

Double decker train in Amsterdam
May 18 '17 09:08

Most train delayes are not caused by technical faults, but by reckless behavior around the track, vandalism and bomb threats, according to ProRail figures in the possession of the Telegraaf. A recent NS study showed that a third of train conductors don't feel safe when working after 10:00 p.m.

Woman wearing a Hijab or headscarf
May 18 '17 08:38

The Amsterdam police is considering allowing Muslim officers to wear a headscarf, of hijab, in an attempt to recruit more minorities, Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said to newspaper AD.

In 2011 the police's national code of conduct was adjusted to state that symbols of belief - such as a crucifix, headscarf or yarmulke - can not be worn with the police uniform. Visible tattoos and piercings are also banned. "But I see that this is shifting", Aalbersberg said to the newspaper. "We now allow tattoos on the arms, a few years ago that was still unthinkable." 

Emile Roemer
May 18 '17 07:48

Christian party CDA and democrats D66 called on socialist party SP to join them and liberal VVD in negotiations to form a new Dutch government together. During the election campaign SP leader Emile Roemer insisted that his party will not work with the VVD.

CDA leader Sybrand Buma called on Roemer to get off the sidelines, in the parliamentary debate about the failed formation attempt between the VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks on Wednesday. "Have the guts to start the negotiations", he said in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, NU.nl reports.

May 17 '17 17:36

A 19-year-old man convicted of joining a terrorist organization to fight on behalf of ISIS was arrested after taking photos and videos inside a Dutch air base. His criminal record was uncovered after an officer from the Marechaussee stopped him on the Volkel air base last Wednesday, as recording images there is forbidden.

The man was released the following Friday, prosecutors confirmed to RTL Nieuws. There was no evidence that he had committed a crime, or that he was planning to do so, prosecutors told the news outlet.

Luggage check at Schiphol airport
May 17 '17 16:45

National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security in the Netherlands, Dick Schoof, is in Brussels for a EU meeting on the United States plans to ban laptops and tablets in hand luggage on flights between Europe and America. It is expected that he will speak out against this measure, RTL Nieuws reports.

The United States already banned electronics larger than a cellphone in the cabins of planes flying from eight Middle Eastern countries to the States. According to the Americans, terrorists have plans to smuggle explosives on board in such devices.

Queen Maxima
May 17 '17 16:10

Queen Maxima is celebrating her 46th birthday today. Unlike the King, Maxima does not get a public holiday for her birthday. But there are no official duties listed on the Royal House agenda for her today, which means she can celebrate her birthday at home with her family, AD reports.

Thursday is back to work. The royal couple is handing out prizes for the Oranje Fund tomorrow for initiatives that connect different groups of people and inspire others. 

De Eetclub
May 17 '17 15:35

The Uganda Media Council banned the screening of Dutch film De Eetclub at the Euro-Uganda Film Festival and anywhere else in the country because it "glorifies homosexuality", and features scenes of smoking, drinking and sexual intercourse. The embassy of the Netherlands in Kampala posted the Uganda Media Council's objections on their Facebook page.

May 17 '17 15:20

The College of Human Rights think poverty reduction should be higher up on the political agenda and the government should develop a national program to tackle poverty, they stated in a report issued on Wednesday. Human rights such as right to education, employment, health and housing are threatened by citizens' lack of monetary means.

High school classroom
May 17 '17 15:00

A young teacher was suspended from the Heerbeeck College in Best, Noord-Brabant for "inappropriate behavior with three students". The school itself does not want to comment on the affair, but students told Omroep Brabant that the teacher asked male students for pictures of their genitals - dick pics - in exchange for better grades.

King Willem-Alexander
May 17 '17 14:25

King Willem-Alexander has been a guest-pilot at KLM for the past 21 years. That means that he co-pilots two KLM Cityhopper flights per month. The King calls it an ideal hobby for forgetting about your everyday problems. "You can completely switch off and focus on something else", he said in an interview with the Telegraaf, adding that it is impossible to fly a plane if you bring "problems from the ground with you". 

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