Snow blankets Utrecht, 10 Dec 2017
Dec 11 '17 07:44

The Netherlands was blanketed in snow over the weekend and more snow is expected this afternoon. Meteorological institute KMNI issued a code orange weather warning of extremely dangerous weather. And the Rijkswaterstaat warns people to rather work from home today if possible.

A code yellow weather warning is currently in effect for the entire country. Motorists are warned to to be careful of icy and slippery roads. 

The Pirate Bay
Dec 8 '17 10:30

Netherlands film distributor Dutch FilmWorks was granted permission this week to collect the IP addresses and handle the personal data of internet users suspected of downloading movies and series from torrent websites. The authority over personal data, DPA, said Dutch FilmWorks took adequate measures to handle and protect the data it receives.

An appeal can still be filed against the decision, the DPA stated. Appeals against the decision may be filed in court up to January 17.

Afsluitdjik
Dec 8 '17 10:00

Water locks and pumping stations in the Netherlands are in danger of being hacked due to inadequate computer hardware and software, according to an investigation published by the Telegraaf. Security software is updated just about every five years, a sign of poor maintenance, and the computer systems that control the water operations date back as far as the mid-1980s, the newspaper said.

 

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Dec 8 '17 09:37

Amsterdam missed out on the chance to host the opening match of the UEFA Euro 2020, but the Dutch capital will play host to several Group C and Round of 16 matches during the European football championship. Bucharest, Romania was also named host of Group C matches, and it will also serve as a quarter-final location.

Rome's OIympic Stadium was selected by the European football federation as the site for the opening match. The Italian stadium is also a quarter-final site. The semi-finals and final of UEFA Euro 2020 will be held at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

Rain in Amsterdam
Dec 8 '17 09:13

Winter weather conditions, including hail, light snow, cold rain, and a late sunrise led to a challenging morning rush hour in the Netherlands on Friday. Over 120 kilometers of traffic jams had already formed on Dutch highways by 8:45 a.m., according to driving association ANWB.

A code yellow weather warning was issued for the entire country due to potentially slippery conditions. The morning warning was set to expire at noon, but a second caution was to begin at 5 p.m. and last through to 11 p.m.

teacher
Dec 8 '17 08:30

All students in the Netherlands studying to be a teacher will only pay half of their tuition fee for the first two years of their studies, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science announced. With this measure, the government hopes to combat the growing shortage of teachers by encouraging young people to chose the profession, NOS reports.

Railroad
Dec 8 '17 08:30

The province of Overijssel is investigating whether ProRail can be held liable for mistakes made in the construction of a renewed railway between Kampen and Zwolle, the Telegraaf reports. The rail manager announced on Thursday that the .

Tamara van Ark
Dec 8 '17 08:00

State Secretary Tamara van Ark of Social Affairs wants to make binding agreements with Dutch municipalities about enforcing the 'language requirement' when paying welfare benefits. This requirement - which states that people receiving social assistance benefits must be able to use the Dutch language or learn to do so quickly - was entered into Dutch law in 2016, but as an 'option' for municipalities. The government now wants to make it an obligation, the Volkskrant reports.

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Dec 7 '17 15:40

After more than a year, the Dutch police decided to stop using birds of prey to intercept drones. It turned out that there isn't much demand for drone-intercepting eagles, and training the birds is more expensive and complicated than expected, NOS reports.

Schiphol
Dec 7 '17 15:00

After eight years in Argentinian custody for suspected involvement in death flights, Dutch-Argentinian pilot Julio Poch is back in the Netherlands. He landed on Schiphol on Thursday. 

gele-politiejas
Dec 7 '17 14:20

A man carrying a Palestinian flag broke the windows of a Jewish restaurant in Amsterdam on Thursday morning. The police can't yet say whether this act of vandalism is related to the United States deciding to move their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, RTL Nieuws reports.

Video footage of the incident on Amstelveenseweg show the man smashing the restaurant windows with a club and kicking them in. Two officers overpowered him with pepper spray and arrested him. 

Parking garage collapses at Eindhoven Airport, 27 May 2017
Dec 7 '17 13:40

Subcontractors warned construction company BAM about possible building faults in a parking garage at Eindhoven Airport two months before it c, the subcontractors told EenVandaag. BAM acknowledges that cracks were already visible in March, but experts concluded that it was an "aesthetic issue" not a constructive problem, the company said on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

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Dec 7 '17 13:00

Errors were made in the construction of rail lines near Kampen - the foundation is not stable enough for the fast electric trains intended to use the line. As a result, the planned opening of the new Zwolle Stadshagen train station on Sunday, has been postponed, ProRail announced according to RTL Nieuws.

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Dec 7 '17 12:20

A 37-year-old doctor from Leiden is suspected of sexually abusing at least three underage girls and of secretly taking videos and photos of naked patients. The court in The Hague remanded him into custody for 60 days on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

The man worked as a temp in various GP practices. He was arrested on October 24th, after the parents of one girl pressed charges against him. "The suspicion has now ben extended with a possible second and third case", the Prosecutor said. The sexual abuse did not happen in a doctor's practice, according to the Prosecutor.

Tweede Kamer
Dec 7 '17 11:40

Top officials in Dutch Ministries repeatedly interfered with research studies by the independent scientific research and documentation center WODC, according to a letter from a WODC employee in Nieuwsuur's possession. If the results of a study are unfavorable to a Ministry, the officials exert pressure to have them adjusted, according to the letter from 2014.

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Dec 7 '17 11:00

Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management wants to ban smartphone use while cycling. She is currently discussing how to implement and enforce such a ban with the police, Public Prosecutor and Council of State, and will present a concrete proposal next year. 

car accident
Dec 7 '17 10:20

The number of traffic accidents in the Netherlands increased sharply last year, according to figures from the Traffic Risk Monitor by the Dutch association of insurers VNV. Last year Dutch insurers registered 905 thousand damage claims related to traffic accidents, an increase of 8 percent, NOS reports.

Cold morning in Rietlandpark in Amsterdam Oost, 7 Dec 2017
Dec 7 '17 09:39

From Friday the Netherlands can expect harsh winter weather, with an increasing chance of snow, according to Weeronline. The entire country may see some snow this weekend, especially on Sunday afternoon and evening, the weather service reports.

Princess Amalia of the Netherlands, November 2016
Dec 7 '17 09:11

Princess Amalia, the oldest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima and the future queen of the Netherlands, is celebrating her 14th birthday today.

For the princess, today will be a normal Thursday, according to RTL Nieuws. She attends the Christelijk Gymnasium Sorghvliet in The Hague, where she is in her third year. 

Police raid the Satudarah clubhouse in Geleen, 6 Dec 2017
Dec 7 '17 08:43

Around 200 police officers raided a total of six properties connected to Satudarah on Wednesday night, including the outlaw motorcycle gang's clubhouse in Geleen. A total of five people were arrested, the police said in a statement.

Four people were arrested at the clubhouse on Borrekuilstraat, the other in a home elsewhere in Geleen. The raids were done in cooperation with the Public Prosecutor as part of an investigation into Satudarah members' involvement in extortion, threats and money laundering. 

detail-afzetlint
Dec 7 '17 08:09

The police discovered over 100 kilograms of fireworks, including an improvised firework bomb in a home on Klarendalseweg in Arnhem on Wednesday evening. Restaurant Sugar Hill, located below the home, was evacuated while an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team removed the bomb. A 26-year-old man from Arnhem was arrested, the police said on Twitter.

Halbe Zijlstra
Dec 7 '17 07:46

Donald Trump's decision to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is "unwise and counterproductive", Minister Halbe Zijlstra of Foreign Affairs said to a delegation of the United States government in Brussels on Wednesday. The EU countries gave this same message to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during lunch. "This is going to reverse the peace process rather than moving it forward", Zijlstra said to NOS.

Donald Trump
Dec 6 '17 16:20

The Netherlands' center for information and documentation on Israel, CIDI, worries that an "explosion of violence" will result from the United States recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, director Hanna Luden said to NOS. Donald Trump is expected to officially announce later today that the United States is moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. ChristenUnie thinks the Netherlands should follow suit, parliamentarian Joel Voordewind said to BNR.

Jihadis
Dec 6 '17 15:40

Dutch jihadist is on his way back to the Netherlands, The Hague city councilor Arnoud van Doorn said to newspaper AD. The Dutch man plans to report to the Turkish army in the border region of Idlib in Syria, armed with a letter in which he distances himself from terrorist organization ISIS and asks the Turkish forces to help him return to the Netherlands.

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