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Food waste
Feb 5 '19 08:33

Food waste is still a massive problem in the Netherlands. About a third of the total produced food ends up in the trash can. Consumers are the biggest culprit, accounting for 42 percent of the waste. Each consumer throws away 41 kilograms of food per year. Bread is the most wasted product in the Netherlands. Every day 800 thousand loaves find their way into the trash, Nieuwsuur reports.

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Feb 5 '19 07:58

The Rotterdam region and the Flevopolder are true hotspots for speed traps, according to app Flitsmeister's top 10 list for the places in the Netherlands where mobile speed cameras were most often mounted in 2018, AD reports.

Flitsmeister is a smartphone app that warn users when they approach a mobile or permanent speed camera. The app does this based on information provided by the users themselves, among other things. Flitsmeister also provides information on traffic jams, accidents and stationary vehicles.

Mayoral chain
Feb 5 '19 07:41

Mayor Annemiek Jetten of Vlaardingen received multiple threats, including death threats. The mayor filed six police reports at the end of last year - four times for insult, two times for threats, RTV Rijnmond reports.

Why the mayor was threatened, and by whom, is still under investigation. The threats may be connected to the decision to ban traditional New Year's fires in the municipality, according to the broadcaster. This decision resulted in a flood of criticism on the city government, and the mayor specifically. 

Primary school classroom
Feb 4 '19 08:35

The general association for school leaders AVS and union CNV are calling on school directors not to arrange a replacement teacher if any of their teachers call in sick. With this the unions want to show politicians and society that school leaders are no longer able to arrange replacements, and that they are under great pressure, NOS reports.

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Feb 4 '19 08:10

A fire in a flat on Zwaluwenlaan in Vlaardingen left one man dead on Sunday. The fire broke out in the kitchen of the first floor apartment, and was discovered when smoke passed through ventilation ducts and set off smoke alarms on upper floors, a spokesperson for the fire brigade said to ANP.

Firefighters found the man's body in the apartment. Attempts to resuscitate him were to no avail. The fire department quickly extinguished the fire and is investigating how it started.

Children in a refugee camp
Feb 4 '19 07:55

Karenia J. from Zwolle died in a Syrian prison camp from illness and malnutrition two weeks ago. As the Belgian man she married in the ISIS caliphate also died, presumably on the battlefield, their two young children are now orphans. They are being taken cared for in the area, though exactly what this entails is unclear, AD reports.

Belgian police officers
Feb 1 '19 08:23

Three men who were on Tuesday are all from the Netherlands. Two came from Eindhoven, the third from Valkenswaard, the Belgian Public Prosecutor confirmed to Omroep Brabant.

Belgian newspaper Belang van Limburg reports that the three men were in their early 20's. The Belgian authorities believe they died in their sleep after breathing toxic fumes. 

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Feb 1 '19 07:54

A large part of the Netherlands is covered in snow on Friday. It is expected to melt away quickly, but will likely still cause problems during the morning commute. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for icy roads, applicable to the entire country. And NS is running fewer trains. 

Decorative tree falls on visitors at Alrijne Hospital in Leiderdorp, 31 Jan 2019
Feb 1 '19 07:31

Three visitors to the Alrijne Hospital in Leiderdorp were hurt on Thursday after a decorative tree fell on them in the restaurant. The tree is about 4 meters tall, with a real trunk, but fake leaves, NU.nl reports.

The hospital could not say anything about the severity of the victims' injuries, but told NU.nl on Thursday that they were all likely to be discharged by Thursday night. The incident happened at around 2:00p.m. in restaurant Sante.

Police officer at a train station
Jan 31 '19 08:25

Train traffic on the Arnhem-Utrecht route was disrupted on Wednesday afternoon due to a suspicious situation on a train. A man was arrested around 2:00 p.m. on a train at Veenendaal-De Klomp station. The man shouted that he had a bomb, witnesses said to Omroep Gelderland.

Exactly what happened is not clear. A police spokesperson told the Gelderlander that they received a report that the man wanted to hurt people. 

High-voltage mast
Jan 31 '19 08:09

Specialized police officers from a SWAT team took a minor girl from a high-voltage mast in Warnsveld, Gelderland on Wednesday evening. The girl, who was struggling with psychological issues, spent hours on the mast, the Telegraaf reports.

Icy road
Jan 31 '19 07:37

Motorists across the country are warned to be careful of icy and slick roads during rush hour on Thursday morning. In Zeeland and Noord-Brabant thick fog may also reduce visibility to less than 200 meters. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning.

Light snow or wet snow is still falling in some areas in the west and north of the country. According to the KNMI, around 2 centimeters of snow will fall before the winter showers leave the country. Due to the snow, there is a chance of icy and slick roads.

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Jan 30 '19 08:32

The four coalition parties reached a compromise on the children's pardon, a topic that for the past two weeks. The rules will be relaxed for the "existing cases" of asylum children and their parents who are rooted in the Netherlands, like the CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie wanted.

Dutch police crime scene tape
Jan 30 '19 07:53

The police responded to a home on Jan de Rooijstraat in Kaatsheuvel at around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday after a report of a suspicious situation. Responding officers found an injured woman. She died at the scene, NU.nl reports.

The police believe the woman was killed in a crime. A suspect was arrested at around 4:40 a.m., some 2 kilometers away from where the woman was found.

An investigation was launched and the police cordoned off the crime scene. A trace evidence investigation is being done at the scene, and officers are talking to local residents. 

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Jan 30 '19 07:31

The Netherlands is getting snow on Wednesday and that will have consequences for all forms of traffic. NS is running fewer trains. Schiphol expects flight delays and cancelations. And ANWB expects busier than usual rush hours in the morning and evening. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country. 

NS train in snow, winter
Jan 29 '19 16:47

Dutch national railway NS will run a reduced schedule on Wednesday morning with forecasted snow expected to fall across much of the country. Up to 3 centimeters of snow is expected across much of the Netherlands.

The limited train schedule is in place so the NS can quickly respond to problems, and provide more accurate travel information, the railway said. Passengers can expect longer travel times and more crowded trains.

Handcuffs
Jan 29 '19 13:40

The police arrested a 14-year-old boy on Monday for taking a firearm to his school in Rotterdam Zuid. The illegal gun belongs to his parents, who were also arrested. The gun was found in a 15-year-old classmate's bag. This boy was also arrested, AD reports.

A spokesperson for the police would not tell AD whether the firearm was loaded, or which school was involved. 

The 14-year-old's mother called the school because the boy had the gun over the weekend and she was worried that he took it to school with him. The school then called the police. 

Surveillance cameras
Jan 29 '19 08:46

People in the Netherlands don't realize how much they are being watched in cities, according to the initial results of study 'Your Neighborhood, Your Data' by the universities of Rotterdam, Delft and Leiden. Dutch people are also happy to share their data, if they feel they get something in return, NU.nl reports. 

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Jan 29 '19 08:17

Even though 10 people were injured in a large on Sunday, the blast that left three apartments destroyed could have ended so much worse. It is a miracle that no one died, firefighters and experts said to broadcaster NOS.

Icy road
Jan 29 '19 07:33

Motorists in the Netherlands are warned to take extra care when commuting to work this morning. The roads may be icy and slick due to wet parts freezing overnight. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country, except for the Wadden islands.

"Chance of slickness. All traffic participants may be hindered. Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings", the KNMI warns. The code yellow warning is in effect until 11:00 a.m. By then the iciness should have melted away.

Diamonds
Jan 28 '19 17:30

Several men were convicted on Monday in connection with a 65 million euro in 2005. The highest prison sentence handed down was a seven-year term, even though gemstones worth about 40 million euros were never recovered.

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Jan 28 '19 08:48

A body was found in a home on Blauwe Hoek in the Gelderland village of Doornenburg on Monday morning. According to the police, the victim was found under "suspicious circumstances".

The police responded to the scene at around 6:30 a.m. after a report, according to Omroep Gelderland. Two ambulances and a trauma helicopter were also deployed to the scene.

A spokesperson for the police told ANP that the victim did not die of natural causes. So far nothing is known about the victim's identity.

The police are investigating. 

Police
Jan 28 '19 08:31

Around 100 young people turned on the police on the Markt in Boxtel, Noord-Brabant early on Sunday morning. Police officers were attacked and pelted with fireworks, cans and food. The police are investigating and call on witnesses to come forward.

Firefighters
Jan 28 '19 08:02

The operation to rescue a man trapped in the rubble of a on Sunday, was extremely dangerous, according to the fire department. Rescue workers did their work in the middle of the building, the front of which had been blown away. There were great concerns that the rest of the building would collapse around them, NU.nl reports.

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