The new Dutch government is planning an experiment with regulated cannabis cultivation, to see if this legal cultivation will decrease organized crime and increase the safety of cannabis in the country. In the experiment, the government will give one organization a government license to grow cannabis, which will be distributed in six to 10 municipalities, RTL Nieuws reports.
As the new Dutch government prepares to present its government agreement, more and more of the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie's plans are leaking to the press. On Monday we've learned that the new government plans more changes to the asylum policy and is giving more money to security.
The high workload in healthcare in the Netherlands affects the health and private life of over three quarters of nurses, according to a survey profession association V&VN did among 17 thousand nurses. 64 percent of respondents also said that the quality of care is under severe pressure, AD reports.
The first night frost of the season happened in Twente overnight. According to Weerplaza, the mercury dropped to 2.3 degrees Celsius in Twente, and a low temperature of -1.2 degrees was measured at 10 centimeters above the grass.
The first frost of the season happened a bit later than last year, when the first below 0 temperatures of autumn were measured on October 6th. In 2015 the first frost was in September already.
Nearly 40 people were hurt in a pileup on the A9 near Velsen-Zuid on Sunday morning. Around 10:30 a.m. a car crashed into the guardrail, after which around 10 other vehicles collided with each other. The entire highway in that direction was closed for 5 hours, NU.nl reports.
Most of the injured people were treated at the scene of the accidents. Only two had to go to hospital.
Hundreds of motorists caught behind the accident, were stuck on the highway for hours. During the afternoon, police officers helped these motorists in turning around and guided them off the highway.
A 24-year-old woman was forced off the road and then stabbed on Zinkerstraat in Rotterdam on Sunday morning. She was taken to hospital with serious injuries. A 37-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested, the police said in a statement.
The incident happened around 7:15 a.m., according to newspaper AD. The suspect is the woman's ex, the newspaper reports. The police only said that they know each other from the past.
A police officer shot a motorist suspected of driving under the influence while arresting him in Ees, Drenthe late on Sunday night. The man was taken to hospital for treatment and his condition is not life-threatening, RTL Nieuws reports.
According to the broadcaster, the man was arrested at a sex club.
An 18-year-old woman went missing in the Gelderland town of Renkum on Sunday. She was last seen from the Ketsheuvel around 8:00 p.m. The police sent a notification of her disappearance through alert system Burgernet to 1,055 people, but by 10:30 p.m. the young woman was still missing, the Gelderlander reports.
According to the notification, the young woman has a half-Turkish appearance, a slender posture and is around 1.6 meters tall. She has brown, curly hair and was wearing dark clothing and sneakers when she was last seen.
A reunion planned at the Stedelijk Gymnasium in Breda for Saturday, was canceled after the school received a threatening email. The school felt the threat in the email was serious enough to report to the police, rector Pieter Breuer said to AD.
"It's only one line, but that was enough for us to go to the police. They advised far-reaching security measures. After internal consultation, I decided to postpone the reunion. We expect a thousand guest and we want to keep it festive. That can not be done in this way", the rector said.
Seven shots were fired at 32-year-old Harib A. in front of his home on Jan David Zocherstraat in Breda early on Thursday morning. Six bullets hit him. A. knows that he is very lucky to have survived the attempted assassination, but has no idea why he was targeted, his lawyer Menno Buntsma said to RTL Nieuws.
Drones will be used to transport medicine from the Dutch mainland to the Wadden island of Schiermonnikoog in a new experiment by UMCG Ambulance Care and ANWB Medical Air Assistance, NU.nl reports.
The test involves three drones making a total of 30 flights from an unspecified location in Friesland to the helicopter port on the island. The municipality of Schiermonnikoog agreed to the test, under the condition that this will only involve medical flights. The island wants to deter commercial flights, because they disturb the peace.
Hillary Clinton believes that her loss in the American presidential election last year, had an influence on the Dutch parliamentary election earlier this year. At the very least, Dutch voters were more informed about things like Russia trying to influence international elections with propaganda after that happened in the United States election, she said in an interview with RTL Nieuws correspondent Erik Mouthaan.
"I think it [the U.S. election] certainly gave Dutch voters information that American voters didn't have", she said in the interview.
The Nobel Peace Prize for this year was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Dutch peace organization PAX is a member of ICAN's board and is "one of the driving forces behind ICAN", PAX director Jan Gruiters said to newspaper AD. "This is really a top day."
The entire Amsterdam is in mourning after the death of Mayor Eberhard van der Laan on Thursday. The flag outside his official residence on Herengracht is hanging half mast and local residents are leaving flowers outside his door, Het Parool reports.
Dutch football association KNVB declared 1,461 tickets for the match between Oranje and Sweden invalid because they were offered on resale websites for too high prices. "We want football to remain accessible to everyone", KNVB director Gijs de Jong said to the Telegraaf.