May 29 '20 13:10

Two people were wounded Friday morning in Rotterdam when a forceful explosion in a flat blew out the apartment’s facade. A gas leak led to the explosion on Vignolastraat, according to the regional emergency services office.

It was not immediately clear if the cause of the gas leak was intentional or accidental. Police were investigating for any criminality or negligence.

Biomass power plant
May 29 '20 12:20

In 2019 the Netherlands' energy consumption from renewable sources grew by 16 percent compared to the year before. A total of 181 petajoules of the country's energy came from renewable sources. More than half of that increase was due to more biomass, mainly due to power plants using more biodiesel and biogasoline, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. 

Beursplein 5, home of the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange
May 29 '20 11:30

Coffee maker JDE Peet's, parent company of Douwe Egberts among others, made its stock debut on Amsterdam's AEX on Friday, one of only a handful of IPOs launched in the coronavirus crisis. Shares surged nearly 13 percent, valuing the company at 15.6 billion euros. At 09:55 a.m., they were trading at 35.55 euros, NY Times reports.

Cafe de Tropen in Amsterdam expanding its terrace into the courtyard of the Tropenmuseum in preparation for terraces reopening on 1 June 2020. Sign asks visitors to not move the tables which were organized with social distancing in mind. 29 May 2020
May 29 '20 10:38

A wonderfully summery Pentecost weekend lies ahead for the Netherlands, according to Weeronline. "The sun will work overtime and the temperature can rise to summer values," the weather service said. Perfect weather for the terraces reopening on Monday.

Fire at a transmission tower on Sluiskade in Almere, 13 April 2020
May 29 '20 09:57

Radio mast companies and telecom providers in the Netherlands are hiring extra security to guard against arsonists targeting their transmission masts. After two cell towers in Roermond and Roosendaal were set alight this week, the total number of transmission mast arson incidents in the country stands at 29.

Packed up terrace
May 29 '20 09:19

At the end of March, the number of active general welfare benefits increased compared to the previous month for the first time since early 2017. The number of benefits to self-employed, including coronavirus specific benefits, increased sharply. The hospitality industry in particular had a bad first quarter, seeing the biggest turnover decrease in seven years, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Friday.

Two suspects were arrested after a police chase resulted in a crash. The chase took place shortly after a fatal shooting in Rotterdam. May 29, 2020
May 29 '20 09:06

An early morning shooting in Rotterdam left one man dead in front of a home there. Two people were seen fleeing the scene of the crime, and police said they were captured by authorities a short time later.

It happened just before 7:10 a.m. on Bramentuin in Rotterdam-IJsselmonde, where the gunshot victim succumbed to his injuries. The man died at the scene despite efforts from first responders to resuscitate him.

May 29 '20 08:31

Van Rooi Meat slaughterhouse in Helmond was ordered closed on Thursday evening after 21 employees tested positive for the coronavirus in a sample testing. The meat processing company will have to stay closed until at least Tuesday, local security region Veiligheidsregio Brabant-Zuidoost announced.

Jan van Zanen
May 29 '20 08:10

Jan van Zanen, currently mayor in Utrecht, was nominated to be the new mayor of The Hague. Chris van der Helm, chairman of the confidential committee that led the search for the mayor, called the 58-year-old VVD man an "experienced, powerful director with a lot of mayor experience who can get started right away", NOS reports.

At least one person was killed in an accident caused by a wrong way driver on the A12 near Maarsbergen, 29 May 2020
May 29 '20 07:29

At least one person was killed in a head-on collision on the A12 highway towards Arnhem on Friday morning. The accident was very likely caused by a wrong way driver, the police said on Twitter at around 6:30 a.m.

An area cordoned off by police
May 28 '20 22:16

A man who used an ax to attack people in The Hague Thursday night was shot by police on Thursday. A local news outlet said he suddenly went berzerk and struck a cyclist after he had sat on a bench there for an extended period of time.

Several paramedics crews, including a trauma team in a helicopter, were sent to the street in the Scheveningen district between 6:45 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. The shooting happened at least an hour later.

Lady Justice
May 28 '20 22:15

The man who died at the hands of police officers in the woods outside of Hilversum on Wedesday is reported to have rammed his car into a building, NH Nieuws reported on Thursday, with several witnesses reporting a man exhibiting strange behavior in the hours leading up to the incident.


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