Groningen

Tobias Stamhuis and Sabina Kram
Jan 23 '17 14:15

Dutch-Moroccan man Tobias Stamhuis has gone viral with a video he and a friend made on a phone they picked up on Saturday night. Before turning the phone into a police officer, the two men left a friendly video message to its owner.

First natural ice skating marathon of the season in Noordlaren, Groningen, 18 Jan 2017
Jan 18 '17 15:40

Lisa van der Geest and Simon Schouten won the season's first skating marathon on natural ice in Noordlaren, Groningen on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

The women started at 10:00 a.m. with 80 laps on the 333 meter track. After some skirmishes in the first half hour, a strong leading group of eight skaters separated themselves. 23-year-old Van der Geest won. After 80 laps she was the leader of a group of eight who were a lap ahead of the rest of the racers. Emma Engbers got second place, and Irene Schouten - Simon Schouten's sister - took third place. 

Friesland, Drenthe, Groningen's campaign to bring a Tesla factory to the northern Netherlands
Jan 11 '17 12:05

Drenthe, Friesland and Groningen launched a global campaign to bring a massive Tesla factory to north Netherlands. "Hi Tesla. We are Top Dutch", the

Jan 6 '17 08:50

Gas extraction in Groningen will not be further reduced for the time being, the Council of State ruled in an emergency case filed by concerned local residents, GIC reports.

At this stage NAM is allowed to extract per year. 

Dec 27 '16 12:10

Seven farmers in the province of Groningen are filing a lawsuit against Dutch petroleum company NAM. They want more than 6 million euros in compensation for damage caused by gas drilling in the province, NOS reports.

Over the past months there have been numerous negotiations between NAM and the farmers, but to no avail, according to the broadcaster. NAM is only willing to compensate a percentage of the damage amount. One farmer was offered 40 thousand euros in compensation, while he claimed 1.3 million euros. 

Dec 26 '16 11:20

Three young men from Hoogezand-Sappemeer in Groningen were killed in a car accident in Groningen on Christmas eve. Their football clubs HS'88 and vv Froombosch opened their doors to family and friends for a vigil on Sunday. They also opened a condolence register, NOS reports.

Dec 22 '16 10:00

During Christmas and New Year's insurance companies in the Netherlands receive on average double the number of claims as on ordinary days, according to figures from the Dutch Association of Insurers. However, for the third year in a row there was a decrease in the number of burglary claims last year, AD reports.

Last year there wre some 38 thousand burglaries across the country, compared to 45 thousand in 2014. That is a decrease of about 18 percent. Compared to 2013, the number of burglary claims submitted per day halved from 250 to 125. 

Dec 22 '16 09:00

In the third quarter of this year, Schiphol and Eindhoven airport both accommodated a record number of passengers, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released. At Schiphol 18.6 million passengers crossed the floor, an 8 percent increase compared to the same quarter last year. Eindhoven had 1.5 million passengers, a 15 percent increase.

According to Statistics Netherlands, these two Dutch airports have seen an increase in passenger each quarter for the past six years. 

Gay asylum seeker stabbed in asylum center in Groningen, Sept 2016. The Photo is cropped and blood is blurred out because of its sensitive nature
Dec 2 '16 15:05

The LGBT Asylum Support is again calling on State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice for support in protecting LGBT asylum seekers. This follows a gay asylum seeker from Iran sustaining serious injuries after being stabbed by a group of other asylum seekers from North Africa. The police believe it was a drug related crime, but it was a hate crime, LGBT Asylum Support said in a press release.

Arrest
Nov 30 '16 17:35

The police arrested a 29-year-old man from Groningen on Tuesday on suspicion of aggravated assault on a prostitute in 2008. This investigation was recently reopened after a new development in the case, GIC reports.

On October 22nd, 2008 a 21-year-old prostitute was violently assualted by a client. The woman was beaten several times with an unknown object. She sustained a serious head wound and a shattered figner. After attacking her, the perpetrator ran off with the money she had earned that day.

Nov 22 '16 13:55

Amsterdam regrets that no agreement was reached between the government and municipalities regarding the shelter of failed asylum seekers, but the city does not see this as a reason to stop offering them shelter, a spokesperson for mayor Eberhard van der Laan said to Het Parool.

Arriva train derailed after crash with milk truck near Winsum, 18 Nov 2016
Nov 21 '16 09:28

Train traffic between Groningen and Roodeschool resumed around 5:00 a.m. this morning after being halted the entire weekend. No train travel was possible on that route due to an at an ungaurded railway crossing in Winsum after crashing with a milk truck on Friday.

A total of 18 people were injured in the accident, according to RTL Nieuws. Three of them sustained serious injuries. 

Nov 18 '16 14:25

Rents in the private sector in the Netherlands increased again in the third quarter. The average rent increased by 6.2 percent, compared to the same quarter last year, letting agent Pararius reported on Friday, according to the Telegraaf.

The average rent rose from 13.27 euros per square meter in 2015 to 14.11 euros per square meter. According to Pararius director Jasper de Groot, the increase can partly be attributed to a shortage of rental housing for people with mid level incomes in the Randstad.

Nov 8 '16 09:19

The first snow of the season hit the Netherlands on Monday night and during the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to Weeronline. Reports of wet snow or sleet came from Stiens in Friesland and Roodeschool in Groningen. Frost also triggered the first deployment of salt trucks this season, RTL reports.

Temperatures dropped to below zero in large parts of the Netherlands overnight. Gritters were mainly deployed in Noord-Holland, Friesland and Groningen. Roads,b ridges, viaducts and highway ramps may be slippery in these provinces, but also in the rest of the country. 

Oct 28 '16 10:29

A massive 90 percent of the money available for settling earthquake damage in Groningen is spent on inspections, experts and reports. Only 10 percent goes to actually repairing the damage caused by fracking earthquakes, the Volkskrant reported on Friday based on the latest quarterly report by Hans Alders, the National Coordinator for Groningen.

vindicat
Oct 27 '16 12:10

A student who sustained a brain injury during hazing at the Groningen student association Vindicat decided to file charges against the association, the Public Prosecutor announced, RTL Nieuws reports.

The young man when another student stood on his head. 

Oct 24 '16 16:10

The Dutch forestry sector wants to build a total of 100 thousand hectares of new forests in the country in the coming decades. The proposal to do so will be presented at the National Climate Summit in Rotterdam on Wednesday, Trouw reports.

Constructing these forests will cost about 3 billion euros, spread over 30 years. The sector believes that the plan will contribute to meeting the energy and climate targets set for 2050. If the proposal is accepted, new forests will be set up in the Groene Hart in the Randstad and the Veenkolonien in Groningen and Drenthe.

Oct 24 '16 14:25

Two schools on Rijksstraatweg in Haren, Groningen were evacuated on Monday morning after one of the schools received a "serious threatening email", the Gelderlander reports. The police searched both schools and found nothing suspicious so far, according to the newspaper.

The treaht was directed at the international school in Haren. The adjascent Maartenscollege also received the email. Both schools were evacuated. The police won't comment on what the email contained. 

 crime scene tape
Oct 19 '16 13:35

An explosion rocked an apartment building on West Indischekade in Groningen on Wednesday morning. The explosion happened in one of the apartments

Oct 19 '16 07:36

Student Jasper Buwalda from Groningen is missing. He traveled to Seoul, South Korea as an exchange student and hasn't made contact with friends or family

Oct 11 '16 07:46

The body found in the Lopende Diep canal in Groningen on Monday was identified Wytze Pennink, the police confirmed. The 18-year-old student went missing on Friday.

Oct 10 '16 13:57

A body was found in the water of the Lopendiep in Groningen on Monday. The victim has not yet been identified, but many fear that it is missing student Wytze Pennink.

Oct 10 '16 07:45

Police and firefighters searched the waters of Spilsluizen in Groningen with boats, divers and a dreg team for missing Groningen student Wytze Pennink on Sunday. The 18-year-old boy from Bussum was last seen early on Friday morning. His body was not found in the search.

vindicat
Oct 5 '16 08:25

A member of Groningen student union Vindicat shot at the Vindicat house with an air rifle on Monday. The association advised the residents of the house to report it to the police. The board will also take internal measures

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