A group of Amsterdam students collected 10 thousand signatures for a referendum on a new data mining law, which the Dutch Senate adopted in July. That is the first milestone on organizing an advisory referendum on the new Intelligence and Security Services Act, RTL Z reports.
The number of electric cars in the Randstad area will grow massively in the coming years, according to a study on the purchase of electric cars done by grid manager Stedin, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and ElaadNL. This is partly thanks to the fact that electric cars are becoming more affordable, ANP reports.
Maysaa Munaf, a 31-year-old Iraqi woman who came to Amsterdam a few weeks ago to work at a consultancy, was shocked when she received an email from company Executive Home Rentals telling her that she can only view a property if she plans to cook in the "western way", RTL Nieuws reports.
Munaf posted the mail to Facebook and Twitter. It read: "Both properties are not suitable for tenants who like to cook for hours with lots of herbs (only 'western way' of cooking). If you cook 'the western way' we can offer you a viewing of this property tomorrow."
The Amsterdam police noted down the details of some 200 motorcyclists during a joint trip through the city on Sunday. These bikers will soon receive fines for various traffic violations, the police said.
Between 900 and 1,000 motorcyclists gathered on Sloterweg at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday for a joint run organized on social media. The Amsterdam police deployed all available motorcycle officers and a number of other units in police cars and undercover cars to keep an eye on the event.
From September 1st homeowners in Amsterdam can apply for a subsidy to remove their home from the gas connection. The Dutch capital aims to be gas-free by 2050 in order to drastically reduce CO2 emissions in the city. That means that 350 thousand homes must move from natural gas to sustainable heating and electric cooking, Het Parool reports.
Nearly 40 percent of Dutch employees live and work in the same municipality, according to figures for 2015 Statistics Netherlands published on Thursday. The average Dutch worker work 22.6 kilometers from their home. Workers in the big cities and people living on the outskirts of the Netherlands, such as on the Wadden Islands, in particular tend to live where they work, NU.nl reports.
The Amsterdam police arrested four people suspected of money laundering. They were caught moving over 100 thousand euros in bank notes - some packed into chips packets and cookie boxes - from scooters to a car, the Telegraaf reports.
At around 2:00 a.m. on July 31s, officers noticed a group of seven people around three scooters and a car with foreign license plates on Willem de Zwijgerlaan. The car doors were open and the people were moving packets from the scooters into the car.
The Red Cross in the Netherlands will soon be using virtual reality films in their first aid courses. The aid organization thinks that this will help students better envision an emergency situation so that they can learn how to deal with it, NU.nl reports.
The virtual reality films will first be used during an attempt to break the world record for the largest first aid course on Dam square in Amsterdam on September 9th. The current record stands at 1,795 participants. The Red Cross hopes to get up to 2,500 people.
Despite Amsterdam's reputation as the world's bicycle city, cars are still king in the Dutch capital, according to a study done by Geodan on behalf of environmental organization Milieudefensie. Motorists take up about 48 percent of Amsterdam's space, while cyclists make do with only 11 percent.
The Amsterdam city council requested an urgent debate on the city's anti-radicalization policy following the suspension of city official Saadia a.-.T. of the Radicalization and Polarization Department. The city council wants to know from mayor Eberhard van der Laan whether the municipality responded adequately to reports about radicalized youth in the city, Het Parool reports.
Airbnb refutes a study released by Trouw and other European newspapers last week that stated that about 40 percent of Dutch Airbnb hosts rent out their homes for more than the limit of 60 days per year. "The data is wrong and uses flawed methodology to make false conclusions", the home sharing site said in a statement sent to NL Times by Simon den Haak, press agent for Airbnb in the Netherlands.
A massive 100 thousand people turned out to watch the Canal Pride parade in Amsterdam on Saturday, the traditional highlight of the nine-day long Amsterdam Pride festival. The police arrested a total of 30 people, 13 for crimes the rest for less serious offenses like public drunkenness, the police said in a statement on Sunday.
The Royal Bank of Scotland wants to establish its European trading activities in Amsterdam after Great Britain leaves the European Union, CEO Ross McEwan said on Friday. RBS is currently discussing the move with the supervisors, AD reports.
On Thursday the American trade house Tradeweb Markets announced it will be moving to Amsterdam. And last week Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group said it's considering doing the same.
Amsterdam's policy that prostitutes must share personal information with brothel owners, is in violation of the Personal Data Protection Act, the court in Amsterdam ruled in a case filed by 10 window brothels against the municipality, NU.nl reports.
About 40 percent of the Dutch who rent out their homes on Airbnb don't hold to the only 60 days per year limit, according to a study by Trouw, De Tijd, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Le Monde. The study looked at the Airbnb rentals in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France and Switzerland based on data from Airbnb and data analyst AirDNA.
Two Amsterdam lawyers were found guilty of violating official secrecy by buying confidential information from a police volunteer. The Amsterdam court decided not to impose punishment though, NOS reports.
The Dutch police arrested five persons suspected of sexually exploiting at least two minor girls by inciting them into prostitution, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday.
The arrests were made late in May. Three people aged 32 and a 17-year-old girl are still in custody. A 57-year-old man was released, but is still a suspect.
The rapid rent increases in the free sector seems to be slowing down in most of the big cities in the Netherlands, according to figures from rental site Pararius for the second quarter. Only Utrecht is still seeing large rent increases. Outside the Randstad, however, rental prices are skyrocketing, NOS reports.
Outside the Randstad areas, rental prices increased on average by 10 percent in the second quarter. The average increase in the Randstad was 4.7 percent. Flevoland and Groningen even saw increases of 23 and 17 percent respectively.
Amsterdam alderman Jan-Bert Vroege (D66) accused entrepreneurs and hotel owners in the city of profiteering from Gay Pride, without giving anything back, in a letter to Het Parool. Supermarket chain Albert Heijn and clubs Paradiso and Westerunie are astonished by this accusation, according to the newspaper.
Goose bumps and tears filled the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam on Tuesday night as tribute was paid to Ajax footballer Abdelhak Nouri during the Championship League match between Ajax and Nice. Nouri sustained serious and permanent brain damage after he collapsed during a practice match a few weeks ago.
Hans van Driem has big ideas for a gigantic new attraction consisting of five theme parks, 4 thousand hotel rooms restaurants, bars and numerous other forms of entertainment. With his Holland World, part of Park 21, he believes he can annually tempt 4 million tourists away from the already crowded Amsterdam, AT5 reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam will soon start removing shared bicycles left parked in public spaces, the municipality said in a press statement. Public spaces may not be used as a place of issue and bike sharing companies that do so are hindering city traffic by using up the already scarce bicycle parking, according to the city.
It seems that the man who stabbed a 38-year-old man to death on an Amsterdam subway on Thursday, did not know his victim, the Public Prosecutor said during the suspect's arraignment on Monday. The motive for the attack is still unclear, Het Parool reports.
Shell may scrap around 400 jobs in the Netherlands, mainly in the Projects & Technology division in Amsterdam and Rijswijk, the oil and gas giant confirmed on Monday. This round of layoffs will be part of measures taken in the last quarter of this year, ANP reports.
Some of the affected employees may be able to continue working in another division at Shell. The precise impact is not yet clear and it still has to be discussed with the central works council and trade unions, the company emphasized.