A number of immigrants in the Netherlands who previously passed a state exam for integration, were surprised by two extra tests they need to pass before getting an indefinite residency permit, the Volkskrant reported on Monday. The foundation for refugee students UAF received multiple complaints about this over the summer.
Amsterdam's fire brigade was again deployed to a recycling company in the Westelijk Havengebied on Monday morning, because the smouldering remains of a fire on Sunday went up in flames again, Het Parool reports.
The fire started in a 10 meter high mountain of waste at waste and recycling company Paro on Siciliëweg on Sunday. Paro employees tore the mountain apart with shovels, so that firefighters could get to the flames.
A fire in a building on Bloemerstraat in Nijmegen on Sunday afternoon, left at least 13 student homes uninhabitable, according to the Gelderlander. No one was hurt in the fire.
The fire started in the ceiling of a home on the ground floor around 1:45 p.m. Firefighters had trouble extinguishing it, because the fire was largely between the floors and in the walls. Eventually some walls had to be knocked down so that firefighters could get to the flames, according to the newspaper. The fire was finally under control around 4:00 p.m.
The Netherlands saw an increase in greenhouse gas emissions last year. The total greenhouse gas emissions amounted to 197 billion kilograms of CO2 equivalents, 1 percent more than in 2015, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday based on preliminary figures.
CO2 equivalents are used to add up the effects of different greenhouse gasses, such as methane and nitrous oxide, on the environment. 1 kilogram of CO2 equivalent is equal to the effect of 1 kilogram of CO2.
Police officers shot a man in the leg in Hallum, Friesland on Sunday. The man was threatening his neighbors with a chainsaw in a quarrel, AD reports.
Officers responding to a report of a neighbor quarrel, found the man in his house. He grabbed his chainsaw. According to the police, he wanted to attack his neighbors.
The police ordered the man to put the weapon down, but he ignored them. An officer had to shoot him in the leg. The wounded man was taken to hospital for treatment.
The city of Amsterdam teamed up with Amsterdam-based technology companies for a new project aimed at attracting international talent to the Dutch capital. Ten innovative tech companies collaborated and came up with 10 "future-defining"' projects, for which they are looking for highly skilled international talent to work on and to "strengthen the capital's already extraordinary talent pool", Startup Amsterdam announced in a press release.
A 14-year-old boy who was taking his parents car on a joyride, crashed into a kebab shop in Zandvoort on Thursday night. One man, who was inside the shop at the time, was injured. The shop sustained massive amounts of damage, NOS reports.
The boy and an underage passenger were on a joy ride in they boy's parents' car when a police car started following him. At a fork in the road the boy seemed to lose control of the car, drove straight across the sidewalk and crashed into the shop.
The boy was arrested and taken to the police station. Both he and his passenger were unhurt.
A man the authorities believed was hired to attack prosecutor Greetje Bos, was released from custody, the Public Prosecutor announced. The investigation did not confirm the suspicions against him, NU.nl reports.
Road inspectors of Dutch public works council Rijkswaterstaat will now by driving vehicles equipped with sirens and blue flashing lights. This is intended to help them get to the scene of accidents more quickly. The Rijkswaterstaat is now classified as an aid agency, which gives them access to more signals, like the flashing blue lights, NOS reports.
Road inspectors are often the first to arrive at the scene of an accident. Their job is to close down parts of the road so that the emergency services can do their jobs safely.
Parents in the Netherlands are increasingly taking legal action against their children's schools, legal aid insurers told newspaper Trouw on Friday. The number of requests for advice in conflicts with educational institutions increased significantly over the past years. Educational organizations are concerned about this development, according to the newspaper.
Whether the Dutch national football team will be able to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year, is a question that's on the mind of every sports lover in the Netherlands today, including the government. Almost all Dutch Ministers watched Oranje lose 4-0 against France in the qualifier on Thursday, according to broadcaster NOS.
Bart C., a pedagogical assistant accused of sexually abusing multiple children at a Patrou establishment in De Bilt, was remanded into custody for another 30 days by the Midden-Nederland Court on Friday, RTV Utrecht reports.
The charges against 22-year-old Jimmy F. from Zevenbergen, who is in custody in connection with a terrorist threat in Rotterdam, were scaled down to only incitement. The Public Prosecutor still suspects him of involvement in terrorism, but the magistrate found that there is too little evidence for this charge, NOS reports.
It is very likely that businessman Koen Everink was killed by more than one person, forensic laboratory IFS concludes in a report. Prime suspect Mark de J.'s family asked IFS to look at the case files in the hopes that the laboratory's conclusions will prompt the judiciary to do more investigation into Everink's murder, AD reports.
KLM CEO Pieter Elbers wants budget airlines out of Schiphol. The Amsterdam airport is at risk of losing its position as an international flight junction due to all the space given to cheap airlines, he said in an interview with the Volkskrant.
More than half of Dutch students loan more money from educational services department DUO than they need for their studies, according to a study Nibud published on Friday. Of these students, half loaned more money to save up for when they are done studying. The low interest rates on student loans is one reason for doing so, according to the researchers, NU.nl reports.