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Interior of the Grote Synagoge in Deventer
Jul 30 '18 14:00

Jewish congregation Beth Shoshanna has to leave the Grote Synagoge in Deventer. A controversial plan by the new owners to open a food hall in the historical building has been scrapped, but the community still has to leave and is moving to Raalte on Monday, Tom Furstenberg of Beth Shoshanna said to RTV Oost.

"It is unbelievable tat a Jewish community is removed from a synagogue in 2018. That's not normal, but it happens. After 1945 the Jewish community is just too small, too weak, to be able to resist", Furstenberg said to the broadcaster.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Jul 30 '18 13:10

There will be no trains running between Utrecht and Rotterdam Centraal, and between Utrecht and The Hague this week. This line is closed until August 6th due to maintenance on the track around Gouda, NOS reports.

Around 75 percent of the railway around Gouda will be renewed, which includes replacing points, rails, sleepers and rail gravel. This is only possible if train traffic is completely halted. NS and ProRail chose this week for this task, as it is summer holidays and many people are away on vacation. 

Traffic
Jul 30 '18 12:20

Dutch holidaymakers abroad were massively hit by car troubles over the weekend. The ANWB support centers were flooded with calls about punctures, overheated engines, broken batteries and other car related problems, RTL Nieuws reports.

The ANWB support center in Lyon received 1,600 calls on one day. "A huge number. It is clear to see that the whole of the Netherlands is on holiday", an ANWB spokesperson said to the broadcaster. 

By far the most reports came from France, followed by Italy an Germany. The offices in the Netherlands are also running at full speed. 

Crowded Schiphol Airport; 12 Feb 2018
Jul 30 '18 07:35

Monday will be the busiest day of the year so far for Schiphol. The airport expects 233 thousand people, 3 thousand more than its busiest day last year. Extra personnel were deployed to help manage the mass of passengers, but longer waiting times are still expected, NOS reports.

Travelers are urged to arrive at the airport on time. 

This summer vacation Schiphol is processing a total of 12.7 million passengers, an increase of 2.4 percent compared to last year. 

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Jul 27 '18 15:20

Teacher training colleges received significantly more applications this year than in previous years. The increase is most pronounced in part time training, with 1,735 people registering before the summer holidays. That is 30 percent more than last year, NRC reports.

Shortened part-time courses did even better, with registrations doubling to 350. Full-time courses saw an increase of 11 percent to 7,864 registrations. These figures come from mid-June. 

Rotterdam The Hague Airport
Jul 27 '18 13:10

Dutch travel agency FlyOrange is filing for bankruptcy. All FlyOrange flights will be canceled in the coming weeks. This involves dozens of flights from Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Brussels to destinations in Morocco. Hundreds of travelers will be affected, RTL Nieuws reports.

FlyOrange director Roy Smit confirmed to RTL that the company is filing for bankruptcy on Friday. "We are debt-free, but we do not have any assets at this moment because of a payment arrears from our partner Aviatrade." Aviatrade carries out flights for FlyOrange. 

Arriva train derailed after crash with milk truck near Winsum, 18 Nov 2016
Jul 27 '18 11:30

The number of victims of accidents at rail crossings in the Netherlands is unacceptably high and must and can be reduced, the Dutch Safety Board said in a report on three serious rail accidents in , and

Irrigation
Jul 27 '18 10:40

The Dutch union for arable farmers NAV asked Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture to let potato farmers irrigate their crops with surface water, also in . The NAV warns that many farmers are in danger due to the persistent drought, ANP reports.

Jul 27 '18 09:14

On Friday Arriva is running an adjusted timetable with fewer trains on its routes in Groningen and Friesland. The public transit company is struggling with equipment problems caused by the persistent heat, Arriva said on its website.

"In order to be able to offer the most reliable timetable possible, Arriva is therefore working on a modified timetable on Friday", the company said. Arriva train traffic was also affected by these equipment problems on Thursday, according to RTV Noord.

Tourists at the I Amsterdam sign behind the Rijksmuseum
Jul 26 '18 15:40

Amsterdam residents are more concerned about the housing shortage in the city than the crowds of tourists or crime, according to a bi-annual survey the municipality did among 2,378 residents, Het Parool reports.

57 percent of respondents called the housing shortage their main concern. This is especially a worry for young people between 16 and 29 years old. 38 percent are worried about tourism, and 31 percent about crime. 

About half of the residents think that Amsterdam is heading in the right direction. 39 percent disagree. 

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Jul 26 '18 12:20

Protesting police officers pulled Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security over for a traffic check during his visit to a police training center in Nieuwdorp on Wednesday. The officers are protesting for a better collective bargaining agreement, ANP reports.

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Jul 26 '18 09:00

Fewer trains are running to and from Schiphol on Thursday morning due to a signal failure. Travelers are advised to take extra travel time into account. NS expects the problem to be solved by 10:30 a.m.

A broken train also means that no Intercity Direct trains are running between Schiphol and Breda. When this will be fixed is not yet clear.

Other problems on the track include fewer Sprinters between Tilburg in Boxtel, and no Intercity trains between Eindhoven and Weert. Both these issues should be resolved by 10:30 a.m., according to NS.

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Jul 25 '18 09:51

Sex workers from dozens of countries marched through Amsterdam on Tuesday to protest for better legislation for their profession. Worldwide there is not enough attention for the safety of sex workers, said Proud, the Dutch association for sex workers and the organizer of the march, NOS and Het Parool report.

Berlagebrug in Amsterdam
Jul 24 '18 15:20

Large ships can not use the so-called Oostroute through Amsterdam from Tuesday. As a result of the continuing and extreme heat, the metal of the bridges set out to such an extent that they are "locked" and can not open to let large ships through, a spokesperson for the municipality of Amsterdam said to ANP.

Cooling the bridges with water from the canals no longer helps. The 12 bridges will therefore remain closed until further notice.

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Jul 24 '18 10:20

Last year 29 percent of Dutch employees worked overtime on a regular basis. Overtime work is most common among managers and people with a pedagogic profession - 56 percent and 45 percent respectively regularly work more hours than stated in their contracts, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. 

Child and airplane
Jul 23 '18 15:20

Nearly half of Dutch tourists are willing to pay extra for a flight with no screaming babies, smelly diapers or crawling toddlers, according to a study by website WeFlyCheap among a thousand childless Dutch travelers, RTL Nieuws reports.

Noord Station on Amsterdam's Noord-Zuid subway line, 21 July 2018
Jul 23 '18 08:59

The first official traveling day for Amsterdam's new Noord-Zuid subway line happened almost without a hitch on Sunday. By 5:45 p.m. only one train did not run according to schedule, a spokesperson for Amsterdam public transit company GVB said to Het Parool.

As a result, passengers had to wait 12 minutes for their train, instead of six minutes. "Within half an hour, the subway was back on schedule", the spokesperson said. The GVB deployed extra personnel to help guide travelers on the first day of running.

Noord-Zuidlijn train front
Jul 20 '18 15:20

After years of construction, Amsterdam's Noord-Zuid subway line is finally opening on Saturday. The organization planned a whole range of activities to introduce Amsterdam residents to the new line in a festive way, AT5 reports.

For Sale signs (Source: Wikimedia/Andy F)
Jul 20 '18 13:40

The prices of existing homes in the Netherlands increased by 8.8 percent in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, reaching a record high. The number of home sales decreased almost everywhere in the country, Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry reported on Friday.

Jul 20 '18 12:50

Driving while tired is just as dangerous as driving when you've had too much to drink, safe traffic association VVN warns as the summer holidays are about to start in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.

Many Dutch are going away on holiday. But driving long distances can make you tired, which results in slower response rates and finding it more difficult to keep on course, according to the VVN. Sleepy drivers also make less use of their car's mirrors, which means they are less aware of the road around them. This increases the chance of traffic accidents.

Terrace
Jul 20 '18 11:30

A round of drinks on a terrace is again most expensive in Amsterdam, making the Dutch capital the most expensive terrace city in the Netherlands for the fourth year in a row. Zwolle's terraces are cheapest, according to the annual terrace study by consultancy firm Van Spronsen & Partners, ANP reports.

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Jul 20 '18 10:10

The Netherlands is one of the countries that will be most negatively affected in the event of a so-called 'hard' Brexit - if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without trade agreements. Only Ireland will be hit harder, the International Monetary Fund calculates, NU.nl reports.

According to the IMF, a hard Brexit can cost the Netherlands 0.7 percent of its national income. Ireland will see a decrease of 4 percent.

Photo: Ryanair
Jul 19 '18 16:00

Ryanair cabin crew members in Belgium, Spain and Portugal will be striking next week Wednesday and Thursday. As a result, the Irish budget airline is canceling around 600 flights, including some to and from the Netherlands. Around 50 thousand passengers will be affected, Ryanair said. 

Jul 19 '18 10:50

The Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment fiercely criticized benefits agency UWV for how it handles the dismissal procedures for employees fired for economic reasons. According to the Inspectorate, the UWV barely checks information received from employers for factual inaccuracies and does not always adhere to a certain statutory regulation, Trouw reports.

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