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People smoking on a platform at Amsterdam Amstel Station, 8 Feb 2018
Jul 31 '19 07:35

ProRail wants to ban smoking at all train stations in the Netherlands. If the rail manager has its way, all smoking zones will disappear at the some 400 stations within the next two years, a spokesperson said to the Telegraaf.

ProRail receives many complaints from travelers who are bothered by smokers, the spokesperson said. The company therefore does not want to wait for a national smoking ban. "That's why we take the lead ourselves." The rail manager is currently working on convincing all parties involved to support the plan.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Jul 30 '19 14:30

On Tuesday the Rijksrecherche launched an investigation into possible criminal offenses committed by former chief prosecutors Marc van Nimwegen and Marianne Bloos, who were previously suspended because of a secret love affair. This is a so-called exploratory investigation of facts. If there are indications that criminal offenses were committed, a criminal investigation will be launched, NU.nl reports

Lunch time at an Amsterdam terrace
Jul 30 '19 09:27

More and more Dutch restaurants and bars are banning smoking on their terraces. Last year the country counted 39 terraces that were completely or partly smoke-free, now there are 113, according to figures from anti-smoking organization Clean Air Nederland. The vast majority of terraces still allow smoking - there are thousands of terraces in the Netherlands.

Uber
Jul 30 '19 07:55

This week ride-hailing company Uber launched a special complaint category for reporting discrimination in the Netherlands. This was prompted by drag queen Jennifer Hopelezz being refused a ride in Amsterdam earlier this month. Both drivers and passengers can use the button, and the complaint will be dealt with by email, chat or phone call, depending on its severity, NOS reports.

Punishments for discrimination will range from a warning to being barred from the Uber app, a spokesperson said to the broadcaster.

Muizenstad
Jul 29 '19 14:20

The operator of carnival show Muizenstad - a miniature city filled with living mice - decided to cancel further appearances this year. The attraction was at the Tilburg fair last week. On Thursday animal activist Karen Soeters posted a video recorded in the the attraction on Wednesday, showing the mice in a tent that was 34 degrees Celsius at the time. 

Travelers waiting or their luggage at Schiphol
Jul 26 '19 15:10

Tour operators and travel agencies plan to claim the damages they suffered due to refueling problems at Schiphol on Wednesday back from the airport. The disruption led to hundreds of flights being canceled or delayed, affecting tens of thousands of travelers. "It involves a lot of money", Frank Oostdam of trade association ANVR said to NOS.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Jul 26 '19 14:20

NS is running fewer intercity trains on Friday due to the heat. Prolonged exposure to the high temperatures means that trains need to be serviced more often, and that the maintenance takes longer to perform, a spokesperson for the Dutch rail company said to AD.

Stock photo teen on stone wall
Jul 26 '19 13:30

Thousands of young people between the ages of 18 and 27 are living in the Netherlands, but cannot be traced by any of the Dutch authorities. Last year over 50 thousand people in this age group dropped off the Dutch radar, 1,500 more than in 2017, NOS reports.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Jul 26 '19 08:58

The situation at Schiphol is back to normal after an aircraft refueling problem on Wednesday caused hundreds of flights to be canceled or delayed on Wednesday and Thursday. The delays and long queues at transfer desks and ticket counters decreased to manageable levels throughout Thursday, and Schiphol expects that most affected travelers were rebooked by their airlines by the end of the day, the airport said on Twitter on Thursday evening.

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Jul 25 '19 14:00

NS is running fewer trains on three busy routes - the high speed line between Amsterdam, Schiphol and Rotterdam, between Amsterdam and Eindhoven, and between Eindhoven and Heerlen. The rail company is dealing with capacity problems because trains were exposed to the heat for a long time on Wednesday and therefore need extra maintenance on Thursday, an NS spokesperson said to AD.

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Jul 25 '19 13:30

A fuel supply problem at Schiphol on Wednesday is still causing troubles at the airport on Thursday afternoon. Although the problem has been solved, the airport is still struggling to catch up to its planned flight schedule, a Schiphol spokesperson said to NU.nl.

KLM canceled a total of 61 of its flights scheduled for Thursday, a KLM spokesperson said to the newspaper. "We are still very busy restarting our organization", the spokesperson said.

Red lights shining out of window brothels in Amsterdam's Red Light District
Jul 25 '19 11:50

A campaign was launched in Amsterdam aimed at drawing attention to the recognition of sex work. The message of the campaign is "sex work = work". Sex workers want people to understand that they are doing normal and legitimate work, NOS reports.

The two week long camping consists of electronic posters at bus- and tram stops. The posters will be shown for ten seconds every minute in different places in the city center. In both English and Dutch, the posters read: "My body. My job. My choice."

Red Light District, Amsterdam
Jul 25 '19 11:00

The debate on the future of Amsterdam’s Red Light District was once again met with opposing ideas and interests by residents and sex workers during the last meeting held on Friday at the Compagnietheater.

Schiphol Airport passengers
Jul 25 '19 07:47

After major problems with refueling at Schiphol airport on Wednesday, the airport is expecting a "somewhat disrupted day" on Thursday. So far the Schiphol site reports 60 canceled flights and 43 delayed ones. Travelers are advised to check their flight status before leaving for the airport.

Schiphol Amsterdam
Jul 24 '19 21:53

Thousands of passengers were left with few options at Schiphol Airport as hundreds of inbound and outbound flights were canceled or faced hours-long delays. "The situation is not expected to improve until tomorrow morning," said Eurocontrol on Wednesday just before 4:30 p.m. and again at about 8 p.m.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Jul 24 '19 16:22

A refueling system problem at Schiphol Airport was likely to cause significant delays to hundreds of departing and arriving flights, the airport said on Wednesday afternoon. The fault in the system was not likely to be resolved before late Wednesday evening, a spokesperson told NU.nl. Thursday morning flights could potentially be affected as well, the spokesperson said.

Lunch time at an Amsterdam terrace
Jul 24 '19 15:10

Those looking to enjoy the summer weather with a few drinks on a terrace will get away cheapest in Zwolle. Like last year and the year before that, Zwolle is the cheapest terrace city in the Netherlands, according to the annual study by hospitality consultancy Van Spronsen & Partners.

Erik Akerboom
Jul 24 '19 11:50

The 21 thousand cops who have to work this New Year's will be equipped with earplugs to protect their hearing against firecrackers and other fireworks. As the government is refusing to respond to the plea of the police, dozens of other civil society organizations, doctors and many municipalities to ban firecrackers over New Year's, the National Police will take other measures, chief Erik Akerboom said, NU.nl reports.

Camping
Jul 23 '19 13:50

Visitors to a naturist campsite in Hellevoetsluis are unhappy about the municipality's plan to build a watchtower next to the campsite. The municipality wants to create a beautiful viewpoint for a yet to be built solar park. But the campers are worried about their privacy. "We like to expose ourselves, but to people we know, not to strangers. That's how you attract the wrong people", a camper said to RTV Rijnmond.

Couple taking a selfie in Amsterdam
Jul 23 '19 12:10

Hotels in Amsterdam had a strong start this year. In the first four months of 2019 there were 12.5 percent more overnight hotel stays in the Dutch capital than in the same period last year, De Telegraaf reports based on figures from ABN Amro's economic bureau.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Jul 23 '19 08:12

With extremely hot weather expected in the coming days, rail manager ProRail and public works department Rijkswaterstaat are taking extra measures to ensure that traffic flows as smoothly as possible. Temperatures above 35 degrees are expected, which can cause problems on both the road and the tracks. A number of events are also taking measures, NOS and NU.nl report.

Gavel with lady justice in the background
Jul 22 '19 15:10

A dissatisfied father filed a lawsuit over the school advice his daughter received for her secondary education. He thinks she can do more and wants the court to force the girl's primary school to give her an IQ test, AD reports. According to the newspaper, this is the first time in the Netherlands that a school is taken to court over a child's school advice.

Budweiser
Jul 22 '19 11:10

The originally American beer brand Budweiser is taking on the Netherlands. Starting Monday, the beer will be available in Dutch pubs and restaurants - mainly in the Randstad region, but also elsewhere in the country. From September, Dutch will also be able to buy Budweiser in supermarkets, RTL Nieuws reports.

Amsterdam
Jul 22 '19 10:20

Amsterdam is the 32nd bucket list destination in the world, according to a ranking by global travel site Big 7 Travel. The site surveyed 1.5 million people about the destinations they most want to visit before they die. Bali in Indonesia came in first place, followed by New Orleans in the United States and Kerry in Ireland.

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