With 90 percent on primary school teachers in the Netherlands striking today, many parents are left wondering what to do with their kids. Thanks to activities arranged by museums, theaters, sport schools and organizations across the country, there is a multitude of options.
Windy autumn weather is expected to cause extra traffic jams on Dutch roads on Thursday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code orange weather warning for the Wadden area, and a code yellow for the rest of the country, warning of strong gusts reaching speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour. Only Noord-Brabant doesn't have to worry about strong winds today.
After over 200 days of government formation talks, the Rutte III cabinet's government agreement is as good as done. The VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie reached agreements on the last major issues and the agreement is expected to be presented next week. The new government plans to invest more in education, defense, police and sustainability, the Volkskrant reported on Wednesday night.
Teacher union AOb thinks that all 6,500 primary schools across the Netherlands will not open today as primary school teachers strike for a higher salary and lower workload. The strike continues, despite reports published on Wednesday night that the new government set an extra 500 million euros aside for primary education. Around 90 percent of primary school teachers are participating in the strike, NOS reports.
"We hardly hear of any schools that will not close. And if we don't get enough money soon, we may close for two days", an AOb spokesperson said to news wire ANP.
A woman found dead in her Amstelveen home on September 19th was identified as 50-year-old Wioletta Rogozinska. The police believe she was murdered, was revealed in Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday night.
Rogozinska worked from Amstelveen as an independent cleaner with different customers. She was last seen on Monday, September 18th, around noon.
A 28-year-old man from Ede was arrested on Wednesday morning on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a 32-year-old transgender woman in Arnhem, the police announced. Exactly what role the police believe he played in Bianca from Venezuela's death, is not clear. He was arrested in Veenendaal, AD reports.
After the arrest, the police searched three homes in Ede, Veenendaal and Arnhem.
During the opening night of the Halloween Nightmares haunted house in The Wall shopping center in Utrecht this weekend, five hyperventilating people needed help to get out. One woman was transported to hospital in an ambulance, NU.nl reports.
The number of people falling ill in the Netherlands after eating wild mushrooms, increased sharply in 2017. So far this year, the National Poisoning Information Center received 182 questions from medical care providers about mushroom poisoning, compared to 137 in all of last year, NU.nl reports.
Terminally ill former Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan had visits from King Willem-Alexander, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher last week, Het Parool reports. No details were revealed about these visits, because they were private visits, according to the newspaper.
Klaas Dijkhoff (VVD) will be the Minister of Defense for the final weeks of the departing government's reign. He is taking over from Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, who stepped down on Tuesday due to a mortar grenade accident in Mali that killed two Dutch soldiers last year. King Willem-Alexander swore Dijkhoff in on Wednesday morning, AD reports.
The police finished their investigation into an incident in which a 45-year-old man crashed his car into seven pedestrians on Stationplein at Amsterdam Central Station in June and concluded that it was an accident. There is no evidence that suggests the man deliberately crashed his car into the pedestrians.
The body of an 83-year-old man was found in a pond near Westwal in Goes on Wednesday morning. The police believe the man, a resident of Goes, became unwell and fell into the water, BN De Stem reports.
A passerby spotted the body around 6:30 a.m. and called the police. Several police officers and forensic investigators responded to the scene.
"He died a natural death", the police said, according to the newspaper. "A bicycle was found, but it is not known if it belonged to the man."
The man's family was notified.
In addition to a jacket, more clothes were found that "almost certainly" belong to missing 25-year-old Anne Faber next to Amerfoortseweg in Huis ter Heide on Tuesday, police spokesperson Bernhard Jens confirmed. The police hope that they will be able to conclusively determine whether the clothes belong to the missing Utrecht woman today. Sniffer dogs are currently searching for other traces of the missing woman in the area where the clothing was found, AD reports.
Amsterdam is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Biljmer disaster on Wednesday. On October 4th, 1992 an Israeli freight plane crashed into two apartment buildings in Amsterdam's Biljmermeer, killing 43 people.
Like every year, the Biljmer disaster will be commemorated at the Growing Monument in the midst of the disaster area, Het Parool reports. The monument was built around "the tree that saw everything" - a tree on the disaster site that survived the plane crash and subsequent fire.
Of the 700 aspiring police officers who signed up at the Police Academy this year, 25 percent have a non-Western background - double compared to 2015, Peter Slort, head of diversity at the National Police, told the Volkskrant. The new figures match the police's goal to become more ethnically diverse. Currently only 7 percent of Dutch police officers have an immigration background, according to the newspaper.
A 22-year-old man was injured in a stabbing on Kruiskade in Rotterdam on Tuesday morning. He was stabbed in the back several times. The victim was taken to hospital, AD reports.
Sources at the police told NOS that the victim is a member of rap band Broederliefde, but according to AD, this does not seem to be the case. There are also rumors that the band was involved in an argument that led up to the stabbing, but the management of Broederliefde denies this.