Groningen

An electronic stethoscope
May 11 '17 16:15

A 34-year-old man from Groningen was arrested at a doctor's office in the city after he attacked and injured a doctor and one of his colleagues, the police said in a statement.

The man was at the doctor's office for treatment. While the doctor was speaking to him, he became angry. The doctor tried to calm him down, but to no avail. The man attacked the doctor, beating and kicking him. It took several colleagues to drag the man off the doctor, during which one of the colleagues was injured. The man also cause considerable damage in the doctor's office.

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May 9 '17 09:24

The newest and so far largest Dutch wind farm opened some 85 kilometers off the coast of Groningen on Monday afternoon. Gemini consists of 150 wind mills, over two fields each covering an area of 34 square kilometers. The mills are able to generate enough clean energy to power 785 thousand households, NOS reports.

Construction of this wind farm started in 2015. It cost a total of about 28 billion euros. According to contractors Siemens and Van Oord, the Gemini Park reduces Dutch CO2 emissions by 1.25 million tons per year.

Ambulance
Apr 26 '17 13:30

A man was killed in an accident on a construction site in Groningen on Wednesday morning. According to the police, the construction worker was trapped under a collapsed wall, the Telegraaf reports.

Emergency services rushed to the scene, but aid workers could not save the man. The accident happened on Langezijde in the Oosterparkbuurt neighborhood. 

The Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment, formerly the Labor Inspectorate, is investigating what happened. 

Looking for a job
Apr 25 '17 08:02

All Dutch provinces except Groningen saw economic growth last year, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday. Of the four large Dutch cities, Amsterdam saw the biggest growth at 3 percent, The Hague the lowest at 2.2 percent. Rotterdam had the highest unemployment rate in the Netherlands last year at 11.3 percent, far above the national unemployment rate of around 6 percent.

Police guard in a detention center
Apr 21 '17 12:25

The directors of Dutch oil and gas giant NAM may face up to 15 years in prison should the company end up being prosecuted for earthquake damage to houses in Groningen, according to well-known Dutch lawyer Gerard Spong.

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Apr 20 '17 14:00

The Public Prosecutor must investigate whether NAM was guilty of damaging housing, possibly creating life threatening situations, in the gas extraction area in Groningen, the Arnhem-Leeuwarden court ruled on Thursday, NOS reports.

The case was filed by the Groninger Bodem Beweging (GBB) an a number of individuals from the gas extraction area. The Groningen residents say they are dealing with, in some cases severe, damage to their homes caused by earthquakes that resulted from years of gas extraction. 

Saxophone
Apr 19 '17 13:20

The police arrested a 49-year-old man on the A7 between Drachten and Groningen on Tuesday afternoon for playing his saxophone behind the wheel. The man had the saxophone lying on the steering wheel. He wasn't blowing into it, but was playing the valves with his fingers, the police said, according to NU.nl.

Police officers noticed the man because of his driving behavior - he was driving at less than 90 kilometers per hour, close behind a truck and was not driving in a "flowing line", according to the police. The police therefore decided to pull him over.

Henk Kamp
Apr 19 '17 08:26

The Dutch government is reducing gas extraction in Groningen by a further 10 percent based on advice from the State supervision on mines SodM that this is the only way to reduce the chance of heavy earthquakes in the region, Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs announced on Tuesday. This year 24 billion cubic meters of gas can be extracted in Groningen, as of October 1st that will be reduced to 21.6 billion cubic meters, NU.nl reports.

Police
Apr 18 '17 09:25

Packets of what is believed to be drugs were found washed up at various locations along the coast of Zeeland and around Eemshaven in Groningen on Sunday. Whether there is a connection between the packets is being investigated, ANP reports.

The police called on citizens to report any washed up packets to emergency line 112. 

Apr 18 '17 08:40

A fire that broke out in a student dorm on Nieuwe Ebbingestraat in Groningen on Monday left three people injured. One was taken to the hospital for treatment, the other two were treated at the scene. The fire department managed to extinguish the fire relatively quickly, Oog TV reports.

Firefighters responded en masse due to the belief that people were trapped in the burning dorm. This turned out not to be the case. The dorm was ventilated after the fire was extinguished. 

Snow and Hail fall in Friesland
Apr 17 '17 14:18

Frigid, and potentially freezing temperatures are expected across the Netherlands this week, dashing the hopes of many residents that a warm spring would make its return. The thermometer is expected to plummet as low as -1 degrees in Venlo, Limburg on Wednesday morning, but a strong Northerly wind will make it feel like -8 degrees there.

The city near the German border will like face three straight days of freezing temperatures in the early morning hours. Snow and sleet is even possible in parts of Limburg this week.

Children
Apr 11 '17 08:38

The Dutch municipalities of Leiden, The Hague, Deventer, Groningen and Breda are all establishing a Children's Council in which the aldermen of these cities will actively work with the recommendations of kids. Princess Laurentien of the Missing Chapter Foundation and State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of Social Affairs will kick off the test run for the Children's Councils on Tuesday, ANP reports.

Pegida demonstration in Groningen, 9 Apr 2017
Apr 10 '17 12:55

Four underage boys were arrested in Groningen on Sunday just before two demonstrations in the city - one by anti-Islam movement Pegida and a counter protest by Groningen Tolerant. According to the police, they boys were arrested for being in the possession of fireworks and brass knuckles and not being able to identify themselves, GIC reports.

A few hours after the protests, the police said that the arrested boys seemed to have no connection to the Pegida demonstration.

Asylum seekers
Apr 5 '17 15:10

The city of Groningen is putting down a new building to offer so-called 'bed, bath and bread' shelter for failed asylum seekers. Security and Justice State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff (VVD) wants to ban municipalities from housing failed asylum seekers and undocumented migrants, but talks on what to do about shelter for people who can not be deported stalled last year, NOS reports.

Mar 31 '17 11:06

Dutch petroleum company NAM has withdrawn from handling claims related to earthquake damage or any other problems caused by gas extraction in Groningen, RTV Noord reports based on sources within NAM. This follows a report the Dutch Safety Board published on Thursday which states that the Dutch government should be responsible for handling Groningen fracking damage claims, not NAM, NU.nl reports.

Mar 15 '17 08:05

Groningen residents are not only voting in the parliamentary elections today, they are also given the opportunity to sign a petition against gas drilling in the province. During the night, groups of volunteers hung posters at nearly all 406 polling stations in Groningen, calling on voters to sign a petition by Freek de Jonge, RTV Noord reports. 

Student Milou Deelen's video to stop slut shaming at student association Vindicat
Mar 9 '17 09:13

Student Milou Deelen (21) made a video about her experience with "slut shaming" at the Groningen student association Vindicat in honor of International Women's Day. With the video, Deelen wants to draw attention to misogyny in the association, to which she herself fell victim, Het Parool reports.

Deelen's video has been viewed over 375 thousand times. 

Mark Rutte
Mar 7 '17 14:05

Prime Minister Mark Rutte was barely able to get a word out on talk show Pauw en Jinek on Monday night because of a group of furious Groningen residents shouting and booing at him from the audience. They are furious about the VVD government's policy on gas production in their province, AD reports.

"Mr. Rutte drained us for six and a half years. And he is still doing it. He is depicted as a positive politician, an optimist. But you know what an optimist does? Laughs everying away, so he laughs away our problems", one angry audience member said.

Multatuli Museum in Amsterdam
Mar 1 '17 16:00

A letter written by the widow of writer Multatuli in 1930 recently surfaced in Groningen. It was found in a old book, which was recently given to a used book shop, RTV Noord reports.

In the letter widow Mimi Hamminck Schepel thanks an employee of the University of Groningen for his commitment to the work of her deceased husband Multatuli. By that time he had been dead for almost half a century.

Gavel (Source: Wikimedia/Brian Turner)
Mar 1 '17 12:30

Dutch petroleum company NAM can be held liable for immaterial damage suffered by a number of Groningen earthquake victims, the court in Assen ruled on Wednesday. This immaterial damage includes physical symptoms like headaches as well as psychological problems like anxiety, NU.nl reports. 

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Feb 14 '17 13:25

Over this weekend union FNV received complaints from hundreds of employees and former employees of the 16 Primark branches in the Netherlands. The union launched an investigation into the working conditions at the clothing chain after workers in Groningen complained last week about intimidation, heavy workloads, ignored health complaints and being watched in staff areas, AD reports. 

Google Doodle of Aletta Jacobs, 9 Feb 2017
Feb 9 '17 10:29

Today Google is honoring the birthday of Groningen born Aletta Jacobs by replacing its usual logo with a Doodle of her. Jacobs is known for her fight for women's suffrage and for being the first Dutch woman to graduate from an university. The Google Doodle is also in honor of the 100th anniversary since women were given the right to vote, NOS reports. 

Some 4,500 people march through the city of Groningen in protest against gas extraction in the province, 7 Feb 2017
Feb 8 '17 09:19

Thousands of people participated in a torchlight march through the city of Groningen on Tuesday as a protest against the Dutch government's policy on gas extraction in the northern province. Organizers estimate that about 4,500 people joined the march. The protesters want gas extraction to be further reduced, preferably to zero, and earthquake damage to be compensated, NU.nl reports. 

Housefly
Jan 31 '17 12:35

No surgeries will be done at the Refaja hospital in Stadskanaal, Groningen in the coming days. The operating theaters at the hospital are closed until at least Friday due to flies, the Telegraaf reports.

Patients scheduled to undergo surgery at the hospital this week, will be referred to another location or have the surgery rescheduled. The Treant Zorggroep, under which the hospital falls, is taking no chances, a spokesperson said to the newspaper. Patients will be brought up to date as soon as possible. They may be referred to Emmen and Hoogeveen for their surgery.

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