The Sinterklaas parade in Gouda this year will include a gluten-free Zwarte Piet. This Piet will hand out gluten-free sweets to children with gluten intolerance. A green flag with the gluten-free logo will be strapped to his back so that he is easy to recognize, AD reports.
"For the second time this week, we could hand out a flower for a heroic deed", the Den Bosch police wrote on Facebook. On Wednesday 70-year-old Cees van Loon rescued his toddler neighbor from drowning. "A heroic deed? Anyone would've done it", Cees said to Omroep Brabant.
A wolf was spotted on the Veluwe. Experts from wolf associations Wolven in Nederland and the Lupus Institute in Germany confirmed that the animal is indeed a wolf,based on photo material. After disappearing from the Netherlands around 150 years ago, this is the third wolf to cross the German border into the Netherlands this year, the Volkskrant reports.
The number of insects in German natural areas dropped by over three quarters over the past 30 years, according to a study by ecologists at Radboud University in Nijmegen. According to the Dutch researchers, there is no reason to believe that insects in the Netherlands are doing any better than those in the German research areas, NOS reports.
Two devastating natural phenomena in Ireland, Spain and Portugal had a beautiful effect on the Netherlands. The effects of Hurricane Ophelia over Ireland and the forest fires in Spain and Portugal, turned the morning sun in the Netherlands into a beautiful fireball red-orange on Tuesday.
Monday is officially the hottest October 16th ever measured in the Netherlands, according to Weerplaza. Around 1:00 p.m. a high temperature of 21.5 degrees was measured in De Bilt, breaking the 21.2 degrees record of 1949, the weather service announced.
For records such as these, only temperatures measured by meteorological institute KNMI in De Bilt counts, according to ANP. De Bilt is located in the middle of the Netherlands.
KLM and other airlines scrapped a number of flights from Schiphol airport to Ireland and back for Monday. Hurricane Ophelia is expected to hit Ireland during the course of Monday morning.
Dutch airline KLM canceled a total of five flights between Schiphol Dublin and between Schiphol and Belfast. The airline will reassess the situation during the course of Monday and see if any further changes to the schedule are necessary. At this time all flights to Scotland are still going through as planned.
The new Dutch government presented a very ambitious energy policy in its government agreement on Tuesday. By 2030 the Rutte III cabinet wants the Netherlands' greenhouse gas emissions to be 49 percent lower than the level it was in 1990, a higher goal than what European rules currently demand. The governments is also planning to advocate for a 55 percent reduction in emissions in Europe.
A large fire broke out in a warehouse on Kromstraat in Valkenswaard on Monday night. Asbestos was found in the warehouse's roof. Released soot and ash spread across a wide area around the warehouse. Local residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed. The fire department is investigating whether asbestos polluted the surrounding area, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.
A 53-year-old Dutch man died on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on Friday. The believed cause of death is heart failure, a friend who climbed the highest mountain in Africa with victim Jack Dellepoort, said to BN De Stem.
"We reached the summit on Friday morning at 06:15, after which he suddenly became unwell. There was immediate help from guides and people with oxygen and measuring equipment to measure blood levels and heart rate", the friend said to the newspaper.
A 47-year-old Dutch man was killed in an accident with a small plane on the Spanish island of Majorca on Sunday. Richard de Nijs took off in good weather on Sunday morning, but quickly found himself in thick clouds in the Tramuntana mountain range, according to newspaper AD. The local authorities believe he crashed into a mountain hidden by the clouds.
The small plane went up in flames after the crash, also causing a small forest fire, according to the newspaper. De Nijs, who had been living in Barcelona for some time, was found dead in the cockpit.
The first night frost of the season happened in Twente overnight. According to Weerplaza, the mercury dropped to 2.3 degrees Celsius in Twente, and a low temperature of -1.2 degrees was measured at 10 centimeters above the grass.
The first frost of the season happened a bit later than last year, when the first below 0 temperatures of autumn were measured on October 6th. In 2015 the first frost was in September already.
Windy autumn weather is expected to cause extra traffic jams on Dutch roads on Thursday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code orange weather warning for the Wadden area, and a code yellow for the rest of the country, warning of strong gusts reaching speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour. Only Noord-Brabant doesn't have to worry about strong winds today.
A consortium of companies discovered a "commercially interesting" gas field in the North Sea, about 20 kilometers north of Schiermonnikoog. According to the companies, the discovery exceeded expectations, ANP reports.
Dutch food safety authority NVWA reprimanded a dairy farmer in Noord-Brabant for neglecting his animals. On the farm inspectors found calves and young cows standing in thick layers of excrement, heaps of rotten food and moldy hay and starved looking animals, RTL Nieuws reports.
Dutch marines delivered emergency supplies to the Caribbean country of Dominica, which was recently hit by devastating Hurricane Maria. The emergency supplies, which were delivered by land and sea, are "desperately needed", the Royal Marines said on Twitter.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is calling on Dutch people in Bali to register themselves with the Dutch embassy due to an imminent volcanic eruption on the island. People planning to go to the Indonesian island should also make sure they're registered with the embassy. Dutch on the island can register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' 24/7 concact center, RTL Nieuws reports.
Road users in the center and south of the Netherlands, will need to take reduced visibility due to thick fog into account when taking the road on Wednesday morning. Visibility may be reduced to less than 200 meters in some places, according to the code yellow weather warning meteorological institute KNMI issued.
"Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility", the KNMI warns. Motorists are advised to reduce their speed and keep a safe following distance. "Fog can be treacherous due to sudden onset. Follow weather reports and warnings."
Motorists in large parts of the Netherlands will have to deal with thick fog on Tuesday morning, especially in the center, west and south of the country. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning, saying that visibility may be reduced to less than 200 meters.
"Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility", the KNMI warns. "Adjust speed and keep a sufficient distance. Fog can be treacherous due to sudden appearance. Follow weather reports and warnings."
People who lived around the Chemcours, formerly DuPont, chemical plant between 1970 and 2012 can go for a free blood test next month. This applies to people who lived in areas contaminated by harmful substances from the factory for at least a year, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and environment said to the Tweede Kamer, ANP reports.
Rebuilding Sint Maarten after the devastation Hurricane Irma left behind, will cost hundreds of millions of euros at least, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations said in the Tweede Kamer on Thursday. From next week Friday, the Dutch government will work on starting an aid fund for the island, NU.nl reports.
An exceptionally bright fireball was spotted in the skies all across the Netherlands on Thursday night. Dozens of people in the Netherlands as well as Belgium reported seeing the bright streak of light around 9:00 p.m. It was very likely a meteor, though that can not be said with absolute certainty yet, Felix Bettonvil of Leiden Observatory said to AD.
A 24-year-old Dutch man was killed in an avalanche in the German state of Bavaria on Thursday afternoon. He was on a hiking holiday with three family members, the German police announced, according to ANP.
The Dutch family were hiking with a group when the avalanche happened at the German Schönau am Königssee in the de Berchtesgadener Alps. The Dutch man was knocked down and fell 60 to 80 meters. He died immediately, according to the emergency services. The other members of the group suffered some mild hypothermia complaints, but were otherwise unharmed.
The Association of Caribbean Mediaworkers (ACM) launched a wide effort to raise funds for their colleagues on the Caribbean islands that were hit by Hurricane Irma. Part of that effort is a crowdfunding campaign in the Netherlands, primarily focused on bringing aid and equipment to journalists on the Dutch island of Sint Maarten, which was hit hardest by the Category 5 hurricane on September 6th.