Police and explosive experts at a sisha lounge on Jan Evertsenstraat where a hand grenade was found tied to the door of a sisha lounge, 1 Feb 2019
Jun 25 '19 10:20

Amsterdam is giving a task force established to combat violence and threats against business owners one year to come up with measures to combat this problem. The time limit is necessary because the number of ATM bombings and incidents involving hand grenades increased since last year. "The risks for entrepreneurs and local residents are unacceptable", mayor Femke Halsema said in a letter to the city council, AT5 reports.

A group of women walk into an Albert Heijn location in Amsterdam Oost, 25 June 2019
Jun 25 '19 09:27

Albert Heijn supermarkets are again experiencing major payment problems on Tuesday morning. A technical issue with the regular cash registers means that customers can currently only pay for their groceries via the self-scanner, a spokesperson said to NOS.

Only about half of the Albert Heijn branches in the Netherlands are equipped with self-scanners. Payments are currently impossible at the other branches, according to the broadcaster.

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Jun 25 '19 08:50

Tuesday will be the hottest day of the week, according to Weerplaza. Maximums will range from 30 degrees Celsius along the coast to over 35 degrees in the east of the country. The day will be filled with sunshine, and blue skies, with a moderate wind occasionally providing some cooling.

KPN Telecom building in Rotterdam
Jun 25 '19 08:23

Maximo Ibarra is resigning as CEO of KPN, the company announced on Tuesday morning. He is leaving the Dutch telecom company because of pressing family matters, KPN said, stressing that his departure has nothing to do with a major outage that left emergency number 1-1-2 unreachable for over three hours on Monday.

Passengers board a Brussels-bound train at Amsterdam Centraal, 9 May 2018
Jun 25 '19 08:05

Due to multiple problems on the tracks on Monday afternoon and evening, NS expects a difficult morning rush hour on Tuesday. Some of the trains are at a different location than planned, which means that some scheduled trains may not run or may be shorter than normal due to a different composition, the company warns. Travelers are advised to consult the travel planner before departure.

KPN Takeover
Jun 25 '19 07:45

For over three hours on Monday, emergency number 1-1-2 was unreachable due to an outage at telecom company KPN. The cause of the outage is still under investigation, but it was definitely not a hack, according to Joost Farwerck of the KPN Board of Management. Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security summoned the company for an explanation on Tuesday, NOS reports.

NL-Alert message sent to Amsterdam region
Jun 24 '19 19:55

A disruption at telecommunications firm KPN which caused the inaccessibility of emergency phone number 1-1-2 was largely over, a company spokesperson told broadcaster NOS. The incident forced emergency services providers to scramble and quickly establish temporary solutions during the nearly four-hour disruption on Monday.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Jun 24 '19 19:32

Large crowds piled up at Utrecht Centraal on Monday evening after a collision between a train and a person took place hours earlier. The incident took place at the train station on track 16, and prompted the evacuation of platforms 15 through 18. Making matters worse, a national outage at one of the country's largest telecom firms hindered the ability to get train service back on schedule.

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Jun 24 '19 19:30

The vaccination rate in the Netherlands remained stable last year, seeming to indicate that the declining trend over the past years is coming to an end, public health institute RIVM announced on Monday.

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Jun 24 '19 19:00

The use of camera scanning vehicles by municipalities to issue parking fines resulted in a spectacular increase in the number of such fines. The number of issued fines jumped by dozens of percentage points in many municipalities after they started using these scanning vehicles, AD reports based on figures requested from large Dutch municipalities.

People enjoying the summer weather in Oosterpark in Amsterdam, 23 June 2019
Jun 24 '19 18:35

While enjoying the hot summer weather in the Netherlands this week, remember to also make sure your pets are cool and hydrated. By now everyone should know not to leave their pets in hot cars, but also take note that dogs can burn their feet on hot asphalt and cats can fall out of high windows while looking for a cool breeze, Dierenambulance Amsterdam warns on Facebook.

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Jun 24 '19 17:30

Engineers trained by the Chinese military often come to study further at Dutch universities, with the Dutch government doing nothing about it, according to Nieuwsuur. Using only public sources, the program compiled a list of over 20 Chinese scientists who gradated from a military university in China, and then obtained their PhD at the Delft University of Technology. 

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Jun 24 '19 16:45

For immediate emergency attention call 088-6628240, police said.

Police at the scene of a mass shooting on 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht, 18 March 2019
Jun 24 '19 16:45

There is a very real concern in the Netherlands regarding potential terror attacks, particularly from ISIS recruits and jihadists, right-wing extremists, and radical activists, according to Dutch counter-terror office NCTV. Because of this, the terror threat level in the country remains high, with holding at 4 out of a maximum of 5 in the terrorism threat assessment published by the NCTV on Monday.

Screenshot of surveillance footage released by the police showing an ATM bombing at the Ganzenhoef subway station in Amsterdam, 21 March 2019
Jun 24 '19 15:50

Police released frightful security camera footage showing the explosion and aftermath at an Amsterdam subway station in March. The blast was part of a robbery attempt at an ATM inside the Ganzenhoef subway station in Amsterdam Zuidoost.

Some 300 thousand euros in damage was caused to the station on March 21, though the robbers made off with very little cash, police told broadcaster AT5. The suspects were unable to steal the cash cassettes used to store money inside the ATM.

Lost ringed seal swimming near a sliding gate in De Kwakel, 23 June 2019
Jun 24 '19 15:00

A new search effort was planned for Monday to find a seal that was apparently lost in inland waters, and trying to make its way back to the North Sea. Experts said it appeared to be a ringed seal native to the arctic waters near Norway.

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Jun 24 '19 14:10

After four months of re-design and repairs, the plastic collecting boom fo the Ocean Cleanup project is back on the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A tugboat with the 600 meter long boom departed from the port of Vancouver in Canada late last week, NOS reports.

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Jun 24 '19 13:17

Two people were injured in a stabbing incident on Albert Cuypstraat in Amsterdam just before noon on Monday. One of the victims sustained serious injuries, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.

That victim was working as a food courier on the Uber Eats platform, according to the Telegraaf. Both victims were taken to hospital. The perpetrator or perpetrators fled on foot.

Police said an argument occurred before the stabbing. One witness thought the food delivery person was stabbed in the stomach before losing consciousness on the street, the newspaper reported.

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Jun 24 '19 12:50

The Koninklijke Marechaussee found 18 stowaways in the back of a truck at the Europoort in the port of Rotterdam on Saturday night. Seven of the stowaways were children between the ages of 1 and 15 years, the Marechassee said on Facebook.

The Marechaussee, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for border security, found the people hiding behind a double wall in the truck's cargo hold. According to the Marechaussee, it involves several families, believed to be from India.

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Jun 24 '19 12:00

A stabbing incident in the former hotel De Herberg in Hellevoetsluis left a man in critical condition on Saturday night. He was stabbed in the chest. A 36-year-old man from Hellevoetsluis was arrested as a suspect, the police said in a statement.

Police officers responded to the former hotel at around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday after receiving a report of a stabbing. At the scene, officers found a man with a stab wound in his chest. He was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Jun 24 '19 11:10

Schiphol airport is in the process of buying dozens of new security scanners in order to get passengers though security checks faster. The new full-body scanners are expected to be used from late next year, the Telegraaf reports.

The Amsterdam airport already took multiple measures to better handle the flow of people during the busy holiday seasons. This is important to do, because long queues can result in delays at the increasingly busy airport.

Families enjoying the summer weather at the Oosterpark in Amsterdam, 23 June 2019
Jun 24 '19 10:20

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for persistent heat, due to hot weather expected this week. The high temperatures are expected to last until at least Wednesday, and the weather warning therefore remains in effect until then.

The warning applies to the entire country, except for the coastal provinces. Maximums above 30 degrees are expected for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with lots of sunshine, little wind and no rain. Make sure you stay hydrated, keep your home and yourself cool, and avoid strenuous exercise during the heat of the day, the KNMI warns.

Wallet
Jun 24 '19 09:27

The disposable income of Dutch households increased by 2.4 percent in the first quarter of this year, mainly thanks to an increase in jobs and hours worked, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. 

Adjusted for price increases, Dutch workers received 1.8 percent more salary in the first quarter than in the same quarter last year. The number of employee jobs increased by 2.5 percent and the number of hours worked increased by 1.6 percent. 

Grocery shopping
Jun 24 '19 08:49

Almost all products on special offer in Dutch supermarkets are unhealthy for the consumer or fall outside the recommended guideline for healthy eating by the Dutch Nutrition Center, supermarket comparator Stichting Questionmark found in a study, the Volkskrant reports.

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