PostNL
Nov 28 '17 15:40

Black Friday and Cyber Monday turned out to be very busy days for Dutch online stores, with Bol.com, Coolblue and Mediamarkt all reporting record breaking numbers in visitors and sales. PostNL warns that there may be some delay in delivering packages.

"Over the past days there were many extra online orders. We are delivering most packages today. For a small part of the packages, we expect a delay. We will deliver those packages tomorrow", the Dutch postal service wrote on its site on Tuesday.

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Nov 28 '17 15:00

The Breda police arrested a 24-year-old man for involvement in his 7-month-old son's death last week, RTL Nieuws reports.

Emergency services responded to the young family's home last week Sunday. The baby boy was admitted to hospital in a critical condition. He died the next day. An autopsy revealed that he did not die of natural causes. A team of 20 detectives were put on the case.

Police close down the Apolloburg in Nieuwegein after a fatal shooting, 28 Nov 2017
Nov 28 '17 14:20

A 43-year-old man from Nieuwegein was killed when perpetrators on Tuesday morning. This murder is connected to an assassination on the same street in 2013, 'well established sources' told AD.

A scooter registration checker on Sarphatistraat in Amsterdam Centrum, 28 Nov 2017
Nov 28 '17 13:40

From January 1st, scooters made in or before 2010 will no longer be allowed in the environmental zone in Amsterdam city center. The municipality installed scooter registration checkers in six locations in the city, which will tell scooter drivers whether they will be allowed into the environmental zone next year.

These registration checkers will be in place until December 27th. Scooter drivers can also check their registration number on the municipality's website. The environmental zone for scooters is one of the measures Amsterdam is implementing to reduce emissions in the city.

Belastingdienst
Nov 28 '17 13:00

The Netherlands should be on the European Union's blacklist of tax havens, according to development organization Oxfam Novib in a report. The EU is currently working on such a list, to get a clear picture on which countries 'refuse to play fair', and the expectation is that the Netherlands will not be on it, RTL Nieuws reports.

The EU list is expected to be presented in December. According to Oxfam, if the criteria for non-EU countries were also applied to the Netherlands, the country would definitely end up on the blacklist. 

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Nov 28 '17 12:20

The Netherlands has a few winter-cold days coming up later this week, according to Amara Onwuka of Buienradar. It's time to get out gloves, scarves and windshield scrapers, she said to RTL Nieuws.

Today and tomorrow will still be relatively mild, with some showers and occasional sunshine. Minimum temperatures will be around freezing.

From Thursday maximum temperatures in the Netherlands will climb no higher than 5 degrees, and drop below freezing at night. There will also be many winter showers - hailstorms along the coast, and snow further inland.

Texting while driving
Nov 28 '17 11:40

Dutch politicians want to intensify the fight against texting while driving. The VVD wants the police to always check a smartphone's history after a traffic accident, to see if it was being used during the accident, parliamentarian Remco Dijkstra said to the Telegraaf.

According to the VVD parliamentarian, the police can already check smartphones to see whether a driver had both hands on the wheel, but they rarely do so. The VVD also wants stricter punishments for smartphone use while driving. The party calls for the punishment for this to be the same as for drunk driving. 

Nov 28 '17 11:00

The D66 in Amsterdam is calling for a regional tolling system on the roads around the Dutch capital. Motorists who want to reach Amsterdam during busy periods like rush hour, must pay an additional tax, according to D66 city councilor Bart Vink. The aim is to keep the city accessible during peak times, the Telegraaf reports.

Police close down the Apolloburg in Nieuwegein after a fatal shooting, 28 Nov 2017
Nov 28 '17 10:15

One person was killed in a shooting in Nieuwegein on Tuesday morning, the police confirmed according to the Telegraaf. An unknown number of perpetrators opened fire on a car on the Apolloburg around 8:00 a.m. Five shots were fired, riddling the car's windshield with bullets, according to the newspaper.

A trauma helicopter responded to the scene. First responders tried to help the victim, but it was to no avail. The victim died at the scene. So far nothing is known about the victim's identity.

houe for sale/sold sign
Nov 28 '17 09:34

Home sellers in the Netherlands made a profit of 32 thousand euros on average this year, according to calculation by research agency Calcasa. Amsterdam sellers were the most well off this year, making an average profit of 131 thousand euros, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Nov 28 '17 08:58

The Dutch government wants to keep a closer eye on people who come into contact with children in childcare in any why. From March 1st next year, the childcare register will include, in addition to childminders, all people who go to a daycare or creche on a regular basis, including people who don't actually care for children themselves, NOS reports.

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Nov 28 '17 08:24

On Monday the court in Utrecht sentenced a man from Lelystad to 40 hours of community service, 20 of which conditionally suspended, for posting discriminatory comments on a Facebook post by activist group Kick Out Zwarte Piet, RTL Nieuws reports.

After the national arrival of Sinterklaas in Meppel in 2015, the man wrote under the Kick Out Zwarte Piet post: "Just let them work as slave again then they can't complain anymore it's what they want to work out lazy sweat nigger that's what you are born for", according to the broadcaster. 

Shell Refueller
Nov 28 '17 08:01

Human rights organization Amnesty International is calling on Nigeria, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom to launch a criminal investigation into Shell and the possibility that company officials tacitly encouraged the Nigerian military government in Ogoniland to commit atrocities in the 1990s, including rapes, murders, acts of torture, and the burning of villages. 

Railroad
Nov 28 '17 07:20

A freight train carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) derailed in Nieuwdorp in Zeeland on Monday night. No one was injured and there was no leakage or risk of explosion, according to the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate. The cleanup is expected to take until early Wednesday morning, AD reports.

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Nov 27 '17 16:50

The police arrested an 18-year-old man from Rotterdam in connection with a f on Friday. A 54-year-old man was killed. The suspect turned himself in on Monday morning, the police said in a statement.

The 54-year-old man fell during the fight and lost consciousness. He passed away in hospital later on Friday evening.

amsterdam fireworks 2015
Nov 27 '17 16:10

A call from the foundation for society and safety SVM to had little effect. Only eight municipalities in the Netherlands have fireworks events planned for the coming New Year's celebrations, NOS reports after surveying the Dutch municipalities. 

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