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Aug 13 '18 12:10

Gerben Eskes from Zutphen was killed in a traffic accident in El Salvador during the early hours of Thursday morning. The 28-year-old man and his 25-year-old girlfriend Anouk Mijnheer were in a taxi on their way to the airport to return home when they were hit by a car driving on the wrong side of the road, their families confirmed to De Stentor.

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Aug 13 '18 11:20

Saturday night was a "grim night" in Rotterdam, the Rotterdam police said on Twitter. A total of 12 people were arrested for various offenses on Saturday night and during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Arrests were made for public intoxication, vandalism and assault, among other things.

"Three people were so annoying" that police officers had to use pepper spray on them to get them under control. 

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Aug 13 '18 10:40

Six people were arrested because of a disturbance in the Johan Cruiff Arena in Amsterdam on Saturday night, during a match between Ajax and Heracles Almelo. The police are investigating whether this incident in the stands is connected with a steward having a heart attack in the stadium, Het Parool reports.

The suspects, five men and a woman, were arrested in and outside the stadium. The investigation is still in full swing, the police said on Sunday. Officers are talking to witnesses and viewing surveillance camera footage.

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Aug 13 '18 10:00

An increasing number of prostitutes working in Amsterdam's Red Light District are struggling with debts, that can range from 10 thousand euros to 30 thousand euros, newspaper Trouw reports based on its own research.

No total overview is available, but the debt problem is large, three Christian organizations that support prostitutes in the Red Light District - the Salvation Army, Scharlaken Koord and Bright Fame - confirmed to the newspaper. 

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Aug 13 '18 09:19

KLM pilots are threatening to strike if the Dutch airline does not respond to their demands for a better collective bargaining agreement before Friday, the Telegraaf reports based on a letter pilots' union VNV sent to its members.

The pilots demand a lighter workload and a wage increase, according to the newspaper. The negotiations between KLM and VNV have been deadlocked since VNV members rejected the proposed collective bargaining agreement in May. A spokesperson for KLM confirmed to the Telegraaf that the negotiations are "in a difficult phase". 

Railroad
Aug 13 '18 08:56

An Arriva train crashed into a car at an unguarded rail crossing near Scheemda on Monday morning. The motorist was killed. The train driver remained unharmed. There were no passengers on the train, NOS reports.

The cause of the accident is not yet clear. There is currently no train traffic on the route between Groningen and Veendam.

This is not the first accident at this crossing. In 2015 a person in a car died after a collision with a train at the same crossing. Another collision happened in January of this year, but no one was killed.

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Aug 13 '18 08:40

So far this year the Netherlands had 51 summer days - days on which temperatures climbed to 25 degrees or higher in De Bilt, according to Weeronline. 2006 also had 51 summer days, but spread over the entire year.

Sunday was the 51st summer day of 2018. Only one more hot day is needed to break the 2006 record. This may happen on Wednesday or Thursday, when maximums of around 25 degrees are expected. Temperatures also often climb to above 25 degrees in late August and September, according to Weeronline. In 2006 the 51st summer day only happened on September 22nd.

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Aug 13 '18 08:11

A car crashed into a terrace in the center of Veldhoven on Friday afternoon. Five people sustained minor injuries. The police believe that the incident was not intentional, NU.nl reports.

The car crashed into the terrace on Meiveld at around 5:00 p.m. The 62-year-old motorist was arrested. He was released after questioning. His driver's license was confiscated and he gave a blood sample to test for alcohol- or drug use, according to RTL Nieuws.

The victims were treated for their injuries. None of them were seriously hurt. 

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Aug 13 '18 07:54

Three homemade explosives were thrown at the Turkish consulate on Museumplein in Amsterdam on Saturday night, causing a small fire. No one was injured. A 34-year-old man was arrested, RTL Nieuws reports.

The suspect is a Dutch man, according to Tolga Orkun, the Turkish consul general in Amsterdam. The police could not confirm this to RTL.

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Aug 13 '18 07:39

A 27-year-old woman from the Netherlands died in the Australian city of Melbourne on Sunday after she was hit by a car. According to the Australian police, the car was stolen a week ago. The driver fled the scene of the accident, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to NU.nl.

The woman was cycling when the car hit her. The car also hit various other vehicles, but the Dutch victim was the only person who got hurt. Emergency services tried to save her, but it was to no avail. She died at the scene. 

Aug 13 '18 07:28

A woman was killed in a fire in a shed on Nieuwe Kerkstraat in Etten-Leur on Monday morning. Her husband was seriously injured. Their young child was also taken to hospital, ANP reports.

Emergency services responded to the burning shed around 5:00 a.m. Surrounding homes were evacuated. The fire has since been extinguished.

The young family temporarily lived in the shed, which belongs to a family member. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

 

Suspect wanted for fatal shooting on Beethovenstraat in Amsterdam, 30 July 2018
Aug 10 '18 16:00

The police released surveillance camera footage of the suspected gunman in a fatal in Amsterdam late last month. 

Wild strawberry
Aug 10 '18 15:10

If the Netherlands' average temperature rises by 3 degrees due to global warming, the country will be too hot for nearly 500 plant species, according to research Wageningen University published on Thursday. That is around 40 percent of all plant species in the country, ANP reports.

Plants that will disappear with 3 degree temperature increase include the wild strawberry, the Gentiana cruciata, the Linnaea borealis and the Cornus suecica, according to the researchers.

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Aug 10 '18 14:20

The Groningen city of Appingedam was hit by two earthquakes in two days time. The earthquakes happened on Wednesday and Thursday, and both registered 1.9 on the Richter scale, according to meteorological institute KNMI. 

Multiple people reported feeling the quakes, Dagblad van het Noorden reports. Some also reported hearing a bang with Thursday's earthquake.

Over the past two weeks there were eight small earthquakes in the gas extraction area in Groningen:

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Aug 10 '18 13:30

An increasing number of Dutch are turning to the courts to change their first names, the Council for the Judiciary said on Friday. The Council does not have a clear explanation for the increase, NU.nl reports.

In order to change your given name, you need a lawyer to submit a petition. In 2015 a total of 503 people did so. In 2016 there were 583. And last year there was a small decrease to 576. 

teacher
Aug 10 '18 12:40

The massive primary school teacher shortage in the Netherlands seems to be mainly limited to the big cities in the west of the country, according to figures from benefits agency UWV that newspaper Trouw requested. There are enough, or even more than enough, teachers in the north, east, and south of the Netherlands, the newspaper writes.

As you get farther away from the big cities, it becomes easier and easier to fill vacancies. Outside the Randstad there are still more teachers than there are jobs available, and some teachers even struggle to find work.

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