Amsterdam

Mar 24 '17 16:00

A mistake with blood test equipment at the municipal health service GGD Amsterdam means that about 60 people who had their blood sugar levels tested at the GGD in Amsterdam city center may have been infected with HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. This involves people who went for glucose tests between January 19th and March 16th, RTL Nieuws reports.

Mar 24 '17 15:25

On Thursday Turkish voters living in Amsterdam-Noord received dozens of leaflets about an upcoming referendum in Turkey. Some feel intimidated by the dozens of papers left in their mailbox, they said to AT5.

"I find it quite intimidating because I am not in favor of Erdogan", one woman said to the Amsterdam broadcaster. "I don't like his ideas, I don't want a dictatorship. They should campaign in their own country ad leave us alone." Another person said that it is "extremely risky" to campaign against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mar 24 '17 10:10

The city of Amsterdam is investing 2 million euros in housing for refugees - asylum seekers who were granted residency permits in the Netherlands. This money will be used as subsidies to encourage developers to turn private real estate into affordable housing, AT5 reports.

Dunkin Donuts store opens in Amsterdam, 23 March 2017
Mar 23 '17 13:20

Dunkin Donuts plans to eventually open 160 stores in the Netherlands, the first of which opened in Amsterdam on Nieuwendijk on Thursday. Dozens of people lined up early on Thursday morning to be the first through the door of the new branch, Het Parool reports.

Some even spent the night in line in front of the donut shop - the first 100 customers got free donuts for a year. Adnan (15) and David (16) were in line since 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. They believe it was worth it. Andan describes Dunkin Donuts as "caviar among donuts."

Police
Mar 23 '17 09:10

Last year the police managed to respond to emergency situations within 15 minutes in 84 percent of cases, according to figures the police announced on Wednesday. That means that the response time was too slow in 16 percent of emergencies, about the same as in 2015. The police's goal is to arrive on time in 90 percent of emergencies.

Uber
Mar 22 '17 15:00

Uber plans to increase the number of employees at its Amsterdam office from the current 400 to 1,000 over the coming decade. The taxi service is therefore moving to a larger location in the Dutch capital at the end of this year, the Telegraaf reports. 

Mar 21 '17 16:55

Octave Durham, from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2002, claims that after the robbery he went into hiding and got refuge from football legend Patrick Kluivert in Barcelona. Kluivert calls these allegations pure nonsense and plans on suing Durham for libel, his lawyer said to AD.

Mar 21 '17 15:20

Two paintings by Vincent van Gogh that were stolen from the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam in 2002, are finally back home. On Tuesday the museum invited members of the press to see the works for the first time in just over 14 years. From Wednesday the paintings will be on display to the public, AD reports.

Police making an arrest
Mar 21 '17 14:10

A 15-year-old boy was arrested in Rotterdam on Thursday in connection with a fatal stabbing in Amsterdam Zuidoost on March 7th. A in the stabbing. He died in hospital three days later, Het Parool reports.

Police
Mar 20 '17 09:49

The Noord-Holland police admitted that mistakes were made in the investigation into the death of 25-year-old Amsterdam woman Talitha in 2013. In a letter to Talitha's relatives, the chief of the Noord-Holland police admits that two involved police officers acted "carelessly" in the investigation, the family's lawyer Sebas Diekstra said on Monday, NU.nl reports.

Mar 20 '17 09:24

Two suspects were arrested on Sunday in connection with a video on Facebook showing a young Muslim woman being attacked by two men in Amsterdam Noord, the police department Amsterdam Boven IJ announced on Facebook.

The video shows the woman, wearing a hijab or headscarf, lying on the ground and trying to cover her head with her arms while two men viciously kick and beat her. The men's faces can be seen on the video.

Mar 20 '17 09:02

One of two men convicted for stealing two paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in 2002, told his story to the Telegraaf over the weekend. Octave Durham told the newspaper that he and companion Henk B. actually wanted to steal the famous paintings Sunflowers and The Potato Eaters, but the first was too well guarded and the second was too large to fit through the window they broke to get into the museum.

Lodewijk Asscher of Dutch Labour party PvdA
Mar 16 '17 10:06

The PvdA also lost a lot of support in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague during this election. GroenLinks performed very well in Amsterdam. And in Rotterdam and The Hague new party DENK scored better than the labor party, according to NOS. 

Mar 15 '17 14:55

The Amsterdam municipality visited a polling station at a Turkish mosque in the Dutch capital after the mosque was accused of pressuring voters with posters of what is believed to be a religious movement controlled and paid by the Turkish government, RTL Nieuws reports. 

Polling stations must be politically neutral, so that voters' decisions aren't influenced. The municipality is having the text on the poster translated to see whether it breaks the rules. 

Mar 14 '17 16:20

Amsterdam is installing stairs in canals in hotspots in the city as part of a campaign to reduce the number of drownings. The stairs should enable people who end up in the water to get themselves out again, Het Parool reports. 

Mar 14 '17 15:10

Amsterdam is expanding its ban against drinking alcohol on the streets of the city center. From Wednesday you are not allowed to drink alcohol around the Albert Heijn behind the Royal Palace and on the streets around the Leidseplein, Het Parool reports.

An alcohol ban is already in place for the Leidseplein itself.

Mar 14 '17 13:25

The municipality of Amsterdam is hard at work getting artworks for the subway stations along the city's new Noord-Zuid subway line. The Rokin station will feature huge mosaics made of stone by British-French artist duo Danie Dewar and Gregory Gicquel, Het Parool reports.

Mar 14 '17 08:56

Amsterdam got 12th place on Mercer's annual list for the best city to live in. Vienna came in 1st place, the eighth year in a row that the Austrian capital topped the list, RTL Nieuws reports.

Consulting firm Mercer assessed the cities on quality of life by looking at factors such as infrastructure, healthcare, education and crime rate. 

Police officers on Dam square in Amsterdam due to a demonstration by Turkish-Dutch, 12 March 2017
Mar 13 '17 07:37

On Sunday night the police were forced to intervene in a demonstration by about 250 Turkish-Dutch in Amsterdam. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan put the demonstration to an early end around 10:45 p.m. due to disruptions of public order and traffic, the municipality announced. Riot police units were deployed and eventually chased the demonstrators home using water cannons, AD reports.

Amsterdam neighborhood IJburg
Mar 10 '17 09:31

In a television program on Belgian broadcaster VRT an IJburg resident and PVV voter Zandra Lammers paints the Amsterdam neighborhood as radicalized, crime infested and derelict. Other IJburg residents are shocked and outraged by the claims made, AT5 reports.

The Belgian broadcaster introduces IJburg as a "neat new district, just outside Amsterdam, located on the IJsselmeer". Then they give Lammers the word. She was interviewed because she will soon be voting for the PVV, according to AT5.

Mar 9 '17 14:00

Exactly a year ago today the of was found in front of shisha lounge Fayrouz on Amstelveenseweg in Amsterdam. A year later the case is still shrouded in mystery.

Taco Bell
Mar 9 '17 11:05

An American fast food invasion seems poised for the Netherlands this year. A record number of five new-to-the-Netherlands  American food chains will be opening in the country  in 2017, according to Metro Nieuws.

I Amsterdam sign in rainbow colors to celebrate the 15th anniversary of marriage equality in the Netherlands, 1 Apr 2016 (Photo: @iamsterdam/Twitter)
Mar 9 '17 10:30

Last year Amsterdam created 1,370 new homes in the city by converting unused office buildings. Over the next two years another 250 vacant office buildings will be converted, creating an estimated 4 thousand new homes, the city announced in a press release.

Jan Majdanski, stabbed to death in Amsterdam's Oosterpark 3 March 2017
Mar 8 '17 12:20

The man who was in Amsterdam's Oosterpark on Friday was 33-year-old Jan Majdanski from Poland, the police announced on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday. Majdanski was openly gay and lived in Rotterdam.

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