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Cruise ship Westerdam
Feb 11 '20 08:26

The passengers on Dutch cruise ship the Westerdam are not allowed to disembark in Thailand due to concerns over the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV. The Thai Minister of Health refused entry to the passengers. "I gave this order. Permission to disembark has been denied," he said in a statement, NOS reports.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Feb 11 '20 07:57

Suspects of rape are rarely prosecuted in the Netherlands, and those who are often get away with a low sentence. Over the past three years, the courts in the Netherlands never imposed the maximum sentence for rape - 12 years in prison, AD reports based on figures requested from the police, the judiciary and the court about sexual offenses in the past three years. 

Airplane arriving at Schiphol Airport
Feb 11 '20 07:38

Strong winds continue to blow along the coast of the Netherlands on Tuesday. Schiphol warned travelers that this can lead to more canceled and delayed flights. Travelers association ANWB also warned road users to be aware of the strong winds and adjust their driving behavior accordingly.

By 7:20 a.m., Schiphol reported 47 canceled departures, 51 canceled arrivals, and dozens of delays on its website. There are also many gate changes for departures, so travelers are advised to check their flight information carefully. 

Wind blowing in Amsterdam, 9 February 2020
Feb 10 '20 08:29

Winter storm Ciara, which hit the Netherlands on Sunday and was still causing traffic problems on Monday morning, was stronger than expected, according to a Weeronline meteorologist Yannick Damen. The strong winds caused damage across the Netherlands, mainly in the form of blown down trees, house facades, and roof tiles. But as far as is known, there were no major incidents, NOS reports.

Lanes closed on the A16 highway at the Dordrecht off-ramp after the wind blew over a truck, 10 February 2020
Feb 10 '20 07:44

The last bits of winter storm Ciara is still affecting all types of traffic in the Netherlands. Hundreds of flights are canceled at Schiphol for Monday. NS reports a dozen problems on the tracks. And ANWB and Rijkswaterstaat warn of a very busy morning rush hour on the road. Commuters are advised to keep an eye on weather reports and travel planners.

Meteorological institute KNMI still has a code yellow weather warning in place for the whole country, warning of strong winds with gusts up to 100 kilometers per hour. The wind is expected to die down by late morning. 

A couple walks against the wind under the Scheveningen Pier
Feb 8 '20 18:12

The Netherlands was placed on high alert with winter storm Ciara set to bring very high winds and heavy showers to the country on Sunday and Monday. The entire country faces a series of Code Yellow and Code Orange weather alerts throughout the day, as wind gusts could reach up to 120 kilometers per hour.

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Feb 8 '20 17:30

An impending winter storm on Sunday prompted Dutch football association KNVB to suspend all matches that day. Four matches in the top level Eredivisie will be rescheduled, as well as the country's full slate of amateur football matches, the KNVB said on Saturday.

The Eredivisie matches include FC Utrecht vs. Ajax, AZ vs. Feyenoord, Sparta Rotterdam vs. ADO Den Haag, and FC Emmen vs. FC Twente.

Passengers board a train to Vlissingen at Amsterdam Central Station, 19 Jan 2018
Feb 8 '20 08:00

Work will be carried out on the railways around Leiden Central Station from Saturday 8 to Sunday 16 February. This is expected to cause train traffic problems throughout the Randstad. NS and travelers' organization Rover urge train users to check the travel planner regularly and not to travel during peak hours. "Don't expect your trip to go as normal," NS said, NU.nl reports

Saïd R., the suspected accomplice of crime boss Ridouan Taghi
Feb 7 '20 16:56

The alleged partner of suspected organized crime boss Ridouan Taghi was reportedly arrested in Colombia after evading authorities in the Netherlands for years. Saïd R. is suspected of involvement in a series of street assassinations, failed homicide attempts, and abandoned murder plots known as the Marengo criminal process.

Working from home
Feb 7 '20 07:39

A record number of new businesses opened in the Netherlands last year. A total of 207 thousand companies started operating in 2019. That is 23 thousand more than opened in 2018, which was also a record year, according to figures Statistics Netherlands published on Friday.

Diamond Princess
Feb 7 '20 07:10

The number of people infected with the new coronavirus on a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan increased to 61, the Japanese Minister of Health announced. So far, none of the five Dutch people on board the ship seem to be infected with the lung virus. They are staying optimistic, one said to RTL Nieuws.

Child drinking water
Feb 7 '20 06:45

High concentrations of lead was found in the tap water of six primary schools in Utrecht, the municipality said. The heavy metal in drinking water is harmful to health, especially for young children, NOS reports.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus
Feb 6 '20 08:49

Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security knew about a corruption investigation against The Hague aldermen Richard de Mos and Rachid Guernaoui at least 10 months before their homes were raided in October last year, NOS and Omroep West report based on documents requested from the Public Prosecution Service through the Government Information Act. Former mayor Pauline Krikke was not aware of the investigation during that period.

Rijkswaterstaat building in Rotterdam
Feb 6 '20 08:25

The head of public works department Rijkswaterstaat allowed Amsterdam construction company Bontrup to dump thousands of tons of waste in a natural lake in Gelderland, the Volkskrant reports based on research by Zembla. Rijkswaterstaat approved this dumping shortly after former Foreign Affairs Minister Halbe Zijlstra became involved, according to the newspaper.

The waste involved is granulite, which is a byproduct of processing granite and sandstone. It is considered "soil" by the Dutch authorities, but concerns about its effects on the environment were raised in 2018.

Northern wheatear
Feb 6 '20 07:34

Wild animal populations in both the Netherlands' open natural areas and in the agricultural landscaped halved since 1990, according to the Living Planet Report Netherlands published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on Thursday. According to the report, the high nitrogen precipitation - largely caused by livestock farming - is the main culprit behind the decline, NU.nl reports.

Savings
Feb 5 '20 08:44

Households in the Netherlands have a total of 368 billion euros in savings built up, 12 billion euro more than a year ago, the Dutch central bank DNB announced on Wednesday, De Telegraaf reports.

Netherlands residents continue to save, even with the extremely low interest rate on savings. Both ING and ABN Amro have lowered savings interest to 0.0 on large savings accounts.

Jewish cemetery in Dordrecht
Feb 5 '20 08:22

Swastikas and offensive texts were painted on a number of gravestones in the Jewish cemetery in Dordrecht. The user of the cemetery, the Jewish Congregation of Rotterdam, was informed of the vandalism on Monday, RTV Rijnmond reports.

The vandalism happened only days after the international commemoration of the liberation of extermination camp Auschwitz.

Pregnant woman
Feb 5 '20 07:32

The Forced Adoption hotline received 500 reports since it opened in October, Minister Sander Dekker for Legal Protection confirmed to NOS. The hotline is part of two investigations into Dutch mothers who were pressured into giving their child up for adoption between 1956 and 1984. An estimated 15 thousand children were given up in this way, according to the broadcaster.

Smartphone updating
Feb 4 '20 08:17

More than half of people in the Netherlands postpone or simply forget to install important updates on their smart devices, according to a study by Panelwizard on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. Under the slogan 'Do your updates', the Ministry is launching a campaign to actively urge people to make sure their devices are updated and safe against cyber criminals, AD reports.

Teacher in class
Feb 4 '20 07:49

The number of young people picking studies in sectors facing major staff shortages is increasing, the Telegraaf reports based on figures from the association for universities of applied sciences Vereniging Hogescholen. The number of students studying to become teachers and nurses in particularly increased.

Family with three young children found living in a vacant building on a Delft industrial estate, 2 February 2019
Feb 4 '20 07:25

A family with three young children was found living in an empty building on an industrial estate in Delft on Saturday morning, the Delft police said on Facebook. The father approached two community police officers and asked for their help.

The father said his family had been living in the building for some time, because they couldn't find an aid agency to help them. "He ran into closed doors with the aid agencies and was unable to find the right people," the police said. 

Chemotherapy
Feb 3 '20 09:03

Last year 118 thousand people in the Netherlands were diagnosed with cancer, an increase of 2 thousand compared to 2018, according to the Dutch Cancer Registry. Cancer is still the leading cause of death in the Netherlands, but the chance of survival is increasing, KWF Kankerbestrijding said. At least 65 percent of patients now survive the disease, NOS reports.

Social housing in Ypenburg, The Hague
Feb 3 '20 08:06

The quality of life in neighborhood with many housing corporation homes is declining more rapidly than expected, according to research by Aedes, the association of housing corporations. Local residents feel more unsafe, report more problems, and the solutions to those problems are becoming more complicated, the study showed. "If we do not intervene now, many neighborhoods are about to become disadvantaged," Aedes board member Hester van Buren said to RTL Nieuws. 

Eindhoven Airport
Feb 3 '20 07:35

Fifteen Dutch and two Chinese spouses who were evacuated from the city of Wuhan - the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak - arrived safely at Eindhoven Airport around midnight, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs said on Twitter. The group departed from Wuhan during the early hours of Sunday morning, arrived in France at around 2:00 p.m., and then traveled to the Netherlands, NU.nl reports.

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