A voter walking into a polling station in Amsterdam Oost, 20 March 2019
Mar 20 '19 11:00

While most polling stations for the Provincial States elections opened smoothly and on time on Wednesday morning, there were a few problems. One polling station in Alkmaar is closed due to a fire on Wednesday morning. A number of polling stations in Amsterdam opened over an hour late. And residents of a Rotterdam neighborhood didn't get their voting passes.

Ballot for the 2019 Provincial States election, 20 March 2019
Mar 20 '19 10:08

The that cost the lives of three people and left three other seriously injured is influencing the voting behavior of people in the Provincial States election today, according to a poll by Maurice de Hond. People voting for right-wing, anti-Islam parties FvD and PVV in particular are now more determined to cast their votes on Wednesday, De Hond found.

Geert Wilders
Mar 20 '19 09:15

On Tuesday evening the 13 political party leaders responded to the , in which three people were killed and three seriously injured, at the start of the last political debate before the Provincial States elections on Wednesday.

MS Edelweiss
Mar 20 '19 08:23

A cruise ship collided with a cargo ship, loaded with cars, on the Waal river near Nijmegen at around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The passengers were all shaken, but unharmed, according to local safety office Veiligheidsregio Gelderland-Zuid. Public works service Rijkswaterstaat and the fire department evacuated the cruise ship, ANP reports. 

Woman casting her vote at an Amsterdam polling station, 21 March 2018
Mar 20 '19 07:54

The polling station in Castricum that opened at midnight received 17 voters during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The polling station at the train station in the Noord-Holland town was the first to open for the Provincial States election. Most other polling stations opened at 7:30 a.m. 

24 Oktoberplein shooting in Utrecht
Mar 20 '19 07:28

A new suspect was arrested in connection with a , in which t and three seriously hurt, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement. The 40-year-old man from Utrecht was arrested at his home at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Gavel with lady justice in the background
Mar 19 '19 18:10

Eleven men, including the former deputy head prosecutor of the National Office and fraud specialist Vincent L., are being prosecuted for paying to commit sexual acts with an underage boy, NU.nl reports

Handcuffs
Mar 19 '19 17:20

The police took down 10 fake online stores which were made to look like English versions of real Dutch stores on Tuesday. Two suspects, a 40-year-old man from Leeuwarden and a 21-year-old man from Groningen, were arrested.

These English-language sites looked like the websites of real Dutch stores, with web addresses that were very similar to those of recognized stores with a Chamber of Commerce registration. Visitors bought products like milk powder, energy drinks, shampoo, deodorant and alcohol. After payment, the products were never delivered.

Baby manatee born at Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem, March 2019
Mar 19 '19 16:30

A baby manatee was born at Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem this week, the zoo announced on Instagram.

"For weeks the 5.5-year-old Caribean manatee female had our zookeepers and biologists on the edge of their seats", the zoo said on Instagram. "But tonight it finally happened: in the Mangrove a seemingly healthy manatee was born! It is likely a male."

Canadian rapper Drake
Mar 19 '19 15:40

A performance by rapper Drake in Amsterdam on April 23rd has been canceled, according to the Ziggo Dome website. According to an email ticket holders received, the performance was canceled due to "changes in the tour schedule", AD reports.

The two other shows Drake has scheduled for Amsterdam on April 25th and 26th, have been moved to April 15th and 16th, according to Ziggo site. The reason for these changes is unclear.

Drake is visiting the Netherlands as part of his The Assassination Vacation Tour.

24 Oktoberplein shooting in Utrecht
Mar 19 '19 15:03

Authorities tracked down Utrecht mass shooting suspect Gökmen T. using both financial technology and modern technology investigative techniques. The suspect is accused of killing three people and injuring five others after a carjacking in the city.

T. was found after an hours-long manhunt because he used a borrowed mobile phone to transfer money to a friend, reported both De Telegraaf and AD based on information from an anonymous source. The police were already monitoring T.'s financial activities by the time he was revealed as a main suspect in the case.

Campaign billboard for the Provincial States election on Muntplein in Amsterdam, 19 March 2019
Mar 19 '19 14:38

The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, held a moment of silence on Tuesday afternoon to commemorate the three victims killed in aon Monday. The President of the Tweede Kamer, Khadija Arib, opened Tuesday's weekly question and answer session speaking in honor of the victims in Utrecht and also the fifty people killed in a shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Mark Rutte
Mar 19 '19 13:40

Prime Minister Mark Rutte received a "stare down" lesson from kickboxer Rico Verhoven after the two were both guests on television program WNL op Zondag. During the broadcast the Prime Minister said that he always wanted to take a kickboxing lesson. "I see talent", Verhoeven said afterwards.

In kickboxing the two fighters look each other in the eye for a long time before the match. This is called a stare down. Verhoeven shared a photo of the moment on Instagram. "Told our prime minister Rutte to tell all politicians to start every debate with a stare down from now on", he wrote.

Firefighting_in_Russia_in_December_2010
Mar 19 '19 12:50

A school outing for pupils from primary school De Borg in Assen turned out to be much more exciting than expected on Monday. The bus on which they were traveling to the dolmen in Drenthe suddenly caught fire near Papenvoort, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.

The fire started in the engine of the bus. The driver quickly noticed that something was wrong and pulled to the side of the road. All children managed to get safely off the bus, a spokesperson for the fire department said to the newspaper

Police at the scene of Gokmen T.'s arrest on Oudenoord in Utrecht, 18 March 2019
Mar 19 '19 12:02

So far the investigation into a on Monday revealed no links between suspected gunman 37-year-old Gokmen T. and the victims, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement on Tuesday.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Mar 19 '19 10:50

Airline Level, a low-cost sister of British Airways, is opening a base at Schiphol in early April. The airline will offer cheap flights to destinations like London, Rome and Vienna. GroenLinks parliamentarian Suzanne Kroger is baffled by this decision, given that all Level destinations are already offered by other airlines flying from Schiphol, AD reports.

1024px-Woman_smoking_a_cigarette
Mar 19 '19 10:00

The number of Dutch adults who smoke and drink are slowly decreasing, but the number of overweight people in the Netherlands is still stable, according to the Health Survey and Lifestyle Monitor for 2018 by Statistics Netherlands and public health service RIVM. Last year 50 percent of Dutch were overweight, 22.4 percent smoked at least sometimes, and 9 percent were heavy drinkers, NU.nl reports.

Dutch flag flying at half-staff over the Royal Palace on the Dam in Amsterdam after a mass shooting in Utrecht, 19 March 2019
Mar 19 '19 09:16

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima expressed their shock about a that left three people killed and five injured on Monday. Their sympathies are with the victims, and their thoughts with the residents of Utrecht, they said in a statement on the Koninklijk Huis website. A number of world leaders also expressed condolences and support. 

Gökmen T.
Mar 19 '19 08:44

Gokmen T., the 37-year-old man suspected of killing three people and injuring five in a t on Monday, has a lengthy criminal record and is considered "scum" among his neighbors. But they don't believe him a terrorist. Relationship problems were behind the shooting, not religion, they told the Volkskrant. Angelique, the victim in a rape case against T., believes the same.

English bulldog
Mar 19 '19 08:00

Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality is introducing new animal welfare criteria for dog breeding, primarily focused on external characteristics such as the shape of the skull, nose and eyes. In this way she wants to make dog breeding healthier for the animals involved, ANP reports.

Police at the scene of a mass shooting on 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht, 18 March 2019
Mar 19 '19 07:51

More information is becoming available about the victims of a  in Utrecht on Monday morning. Rinke Terpstra, a coach at football association DESTO in Leisdche Rijn, and Roos Verschuur, a 19-year-old employee of the Kwalitaria snackbar in Vianen, were killed in the shooting.

Dutch flag sketch
Mar 18 '19 19:44

Flags across The Netherlands will be lowered, and will fly at half-staff on Tuesday, said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte at a press conference on Monday evening. The move is in response to , and at least five others injured in Utrecht.

Utrecht mass shooting 24 Oktoberplein press conference
Mar 18 '19 18:34

One person was taken into custody during the police investigation into a mass shooting in Utrecht. The suspect, 37-year-old Gökmen T., as the primary suspect and was still at large when the press conference began. That situation changed suddenly, with new information revealed right at the end of the event.

24 Oktoberplein shooting in Utrecht
Mar 18 '19 15:23

Three people were killed, and five others were injured in the Monday morning attack on a tram at the 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht, according to the police and the city's mayor Jan van Zanen. At least three of the victims are in serious or critical condition. While terrorism is under suspicion as the primary motive according to the mayor, witnesses said it looked as though the suspect was targeting a woman and then anyone who tried to help her.

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