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Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 7 '17 11:15

At least 2,400 Dutch travelers are currently in the areas that will soon face the wrath of Hurricane Irma, according to travel agency TUI, NU.nl reports.

Around 1,600 Dutch are on Cuba and the Dominican Republic. They booked trips through TUI subsidiary Kras. The other 800 are in the American state of Florida.

TUI also has four travelers on Sint Maarten, where Hurricane Irma hit on Wednesday, leaving devastation in its wake. TUI managed to make contact with all four Dutch and they are doing well.

Sint Eustatius after Hurricane Irma, 6 Sept 2017
Sep 7 '17 08:51

The Netherlands islands of Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustatius were struck by on Wednesday. All three islands were hit hard, but Sint Maarten sustained the most damage. As more and more photos and footage surface from the islands, the extent of the damage is becoming clear. 

Sint Maarten during Hurricane Irma, 6 Sept 2017
Sep 7 '17 08:27

The Red Cross started raising funds to support the victims of Hurricane Irma, which caused massive amounts of damage on the islands of Sint Maarten, Sint Estatius and Saba on Wednesday. Donations to Giro 5125 can be made from the .

Sint Maarten after Hurricane Irma, 7 Sept 2017
Sep 7 '17 07:57

Hurricane Irma took at least six lives on Saint-Martin, the French part of the island that also includes Sint Maarten, broadcaster Franceinfo reported on behalf of the French government. Thus far no information is available about victims in the Dutch part of the island, the Telegraaf reports.

Hurricane Irma causes destruction on Sint Maarten, 6 Sept 2017
Sep 6 '17 14:30

Photos and videos posted on social media as they eye of Hurricane Irma passed over Sint Maarten show that the hurricane already did massive amounts of damage on the island. Despite the fact that the island is still on lockdown, and no one is allowed outside, the effects of the hurricane are becoming increasingly visible. 

NOAA Hurricane Hunters flying through the eye of Hurricane Irma
Sep 6 '17 12:31

hit the island of Sint Maarten around 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dutch time. The hurricane's eye is expected to pass the island between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., NU.nl reports.

According to Weerplaza, the island can expect wind speeds of around 295 kilometers per hour, with even stronger gusts. The hurricane is also accompanied by heavy rains, which can cause flooding problems. 

Red Cross activates its "I'm safe and well" website for Hurricane Irma survivors on Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba, 6 Sept 2017
Sep 6 '17 09:11

The Red Cross activate its for the islands of Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba in preparation for Hurricane Irma, which is set to .

Windows, doors boarded up in preparation for a hurricane
Sep 6 '17 08:23

People on the islands of Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba are frantically preparing for Hurricane Irma to hit. The class 5 hurricane is . Wind speeds of around 295 kilometers per hour, heavy rains and flood waves are expected.

Suomi NPP/VIIRS satellite view of Hurricane Irma on 03 September 2017
Sep 6 '17 07:43

Hurricane Irma is expected to hit the islands of Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba, all part of the Dutch Kingdom, at noon on Wednesday (Netherlands time), according to NU.nl. The hurricane is considered a class five hurricane, the fiercest category on the Saffir-Simmpson scale. With wind speeds of 295 kilometers per hour measured, Irma is in the top 5 of fiercest Atlantic hurricanes, RTL Nieuws reports. 

The hurricane will hit Antigua and Barbuda on Wednesday morning. The authorities on the two Caribbean islands called on residents to seek shelter.

Suomi NPP/VIIRS satellite view of Hurricane Irma on 03 September 2017
Sep 5 '17 08:26

Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba are preparing for Hurricane Irma, which is expected to hit the islands on Tuesday night or during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The storm is increasing in strength and is now considered a hurricane of the fourth category, RTL Nieuws reports.

Bag filled with letters from WWII found at Utrecht Central Station, 4 Sept 2017
Sep 5 '17 07:54

A couple from Vught found a plastic bag full of letters dating from World War II at Utrecht Central Station on Monday. Rens and Maartje Zonnenberg would like to find the owner of the letters and posted a call for information on Facebook.

According to Rens, the letters are dated between 1942 and 1944. They are written in Dutch, but the old handwriting make them difficult to read, he said to newspaper AD. The bag was found on a bench on platform 18. "There are more than 100, 150 maybe", he said. 

Ambulance
Sep 5 '17 07:33

A group of hikers and a dog were attacked by a swarm of hornets in a park on Kosmoslaan in Eindhoven on Monday. Some people got over 20 stings. Four were hospitalized and monitored for allergic reactions, AD reports.

Three victims were treated by paramedics on site before going to the hospital for observation. The fourth was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. All four are doing well under the circumstances, according to the newspaper. 

Police officers on the street
Sep 4 '17 10:50

Two men wearing balaclava masks climbed onto the roof of a new Islamic high school in Amsterdam Nieuw-West and hung an anti-Islam banner from the facade on Monday morning. The police are at the scene and trying to talk the men into getting off the school's roof, AT5 and Het Parool report.

Thirteen student homes left uninhabitable by a fire on Bloemerstraat in Nijmegen, 3 Sept 2017
Sep 4 '17 08:18

A fire in a building on Bloemerstraat in Nijmegen on Sunday afternoon, left at least 13 student homes uninhabitable, according to the Gelderlander. No one was hurt in the fire. 

The fire started in the ceiling of a home on the ground floor around 1:45 p.m. Firefighters had trouble extinguishing it, because the fire was largely between the floors and in the walls. Eventually some walls had to be knocked down so that firefighters could get to the flames, according to the newspaper. The fire was finally under control around 4:00 p.m.

Sep 4 '17 07:57

The Netherlands saw an increase in greenhouse gas emissions last year. The total greenhouse gas emissions amounted to 197 billion kilograms of CO2 equivalents, 1 percent more than in 2015, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday based on preliminary figures.

CO2 equivalents are used to add up the effects of different greenhouse gasses, such as methane and nitrous oxide, on the environment. 1 kilogram of CO2 equivalent is equal to the effect of 1 kilogram of CO2. 

A police officer aiming his service weapon
Sep 4 '17 07:22

Police officers shot a man in the leg in Hallum, Friesland on Sunday. The man was threatening his neighbors with a chainsaw in a quarrel, AD reports.

Officers responding to a report of a neighbor quarrel, found the man in his house. He grabbed his chainsaw. According to the police, he wanted to attack his neighbors.

The police ordered the man to put the weapon down, but he ignored them. An officer had to shoot him in the leg. The wounded man was taken to hospital for treatment.

Police
Sep 1 '17 08:46

An as yet unidentified person was shot and killed by a police officer in Purmerend on Friday morning. The police confirmed the shooting, but would say nothing further about the circumstances surrounding it, the Telegraaf reports.

Very little information is available about what happened and the identity of the victim. The shooting happened around 5:00 a.m. on Burgemeester D. Kooimanweg in Purmerend. Emergency services tried to resuscitate the victim, but it was to no avail.

Crime scene tape
Sep 1 '17 08:27

A young man firing a shot during an argument on Deken Koopmanslaan in Etten-Leur on Thursday afternoon, had the street on lockdown for hours. Armed police officers surrounded the home they believed the man to be hiding in and were still trying to make contact when the 22-year-old turned himself in at a police station some three hours later, BN De Stem reports.

The 22-year-old man quarreled with someone on the street around 3:00 p.m., local residents told the newspaper. He headbutted the other person and fired a shot. The police were called.

Dennis Struijk assassinated on Johannes Klingenstraat in Best, 31 Aug 2017
Sep 1 '17 08:10

A 35-year-old man from Eindhoven was gunned down while sitting in a car on Johannes Klingenstraat in Best on Thursday night. He died at the scene. The victim is Dennis Struijk, the police confirmed to Eindhovens Dagblad. He has a criminal record and this was not the first attempt on his life, according to the newspaper.

Football
Sep 1 '17 07:30

A 7-year-old boy died in hospital on Thursday evening after he collapsed on the field of football club AZSV's school in Aalten earlier that afternoon. Exactly what happened to the boy is still unclear, the Gelderlander reports.

Young Thijn was immediately helped by experts who happened to be on the sidelines of the field. An ambulance picked him up soon after his collapse and rushed him to hospital, where he passed away later in the evening. 

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Aug 31 '17 08:45

The VVD and PvdA managed to come to an agreement on increasing teachers' salaries in next year's budget, PvdA leader Lodewijk Asscher announced on Wednesday night. The two parties agreed that a "substantial amount" will go towards teachers in the 2018 budget. With that a was averted, and the departing VVD-PvdA coalition lives to see another day, AD reports.

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Aug 31 '17 08:17

Criminals involved at least three school pupils in Den Bosh in prostitution and drug trading, mayor Ton Rombouts said in response to questions from PvdA city councilor Lisette van der Swaluw. The mayor believes that more kids may have been approached to become involve in illegal activities, but they wont come forward out of shame or fear for those who approached them, the Gelderlander reports.

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Aug 31 '17 07:44

A 22-year-old man fro Zevenbergen that was arrested last week for involvement in a t did not commit any crimes, his lawyer Karianne Bal said to newspaper AD. According to her, Jimmy F. had good intentions and was trying to unmask terrorists.

"He thought he was talking to an ISIS sympathizer", Bal said about a chat conversation that is believed to have led to his arrest. "I am convinced that he is not guilty of any criminal offense."

Police officers question people on the Antoine Platekade in Rotterdam, where the body of a baby was found in a rubbish bag hidden among some bushes on 3 Aug 2017
Aug 30 '17 08:22

A in Rotterdam on August 3rd, has Asian roots, the police revealed on Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday night. A DNA investigation revealed that the baby boy's mother originally came from Asia, though exactly where in Asia is not yet clear. "For the sake of clarity: the mother may live in the Netherlands, but has her roots in Asia", the police said. 

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