Week in review: October 21 - November 1

A tree crashed over the Herengracht in Amsterdam
A tree crashed over the Herengracht in Amsterdam. 28 October 2013photo: Sijbolt Noorda, Twitter

The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: the violent autumn storm that passed over The Netherlands, two dead by fire in wind turbine, top Dutch baseball players, violence against gay people in Vondelpark, and the death of Bonfire.


The 95 million euro autumn storm: Storms leave two dead, scores of damage: A severe storm moved from the southwest across The Netherlands on Monday. The KNMI issued a code red, the highest weather alert, for extreme weather in the west, center and north of the country. Read the full story.

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A tree crashed over the Herengracht in Amsterdam (Sijbolt Noorda, Twitter)



Jailed Greenpeace activist seeks King's help: Faiza Oulahsen, a Dutch Greenpeace activist imprisoned in Russia, has asked King Willem-Alexander for help. Read the full story.





Again gay violence in Vondelpark: Another serious assault occurred in the Vondelpark on Sunday October 20. The
incident happened at the meeting place for men in the rose garden, reported the police. Read the full story







Dead in fire wind turbine Ooltgensplaat: A wind turbine caught fire Tuesday afternoon in Ooltgensplaat on
Goeree-Overflakkee, costing the lives of two mechanics. Read the full story

Bonfire dies: Champion horse Bonfire has died on Monday morning at the age of 30. The most well-known horse in the Netherlands, besides the horse of Sinterklaas of course, won with his rider Anky van Grunsven a gold medal at the Olympics in Sidney in 2000. Read the full story





Top Dutch baseball players: Bleacher Report released a list of the top best players from the Kingdom of the Netherlands in major league baseball. Andrelton Simmons, born in Mundo Nobo, Curaçao, smacked 17 homers and notched 59 RBI this season. Kenley Jansen, born in Willemstad, Curaçao, in 2004 joined Los Angeles Dodgers as a catcher. But he then became a pitcher. Noteworthy is that 9 out of 10 of these players originate from Curaçao or Aruba. Read the full story

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Holland MT introduces solar-powerpack

TMG closing Hyves social network

Dutch, German expanding cyber security

Wi-fi network expanding


Check out NL Times for the rest of the news and stories this week.