The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features NS railroad maintenance, price increase of train tickets, and the future of Fyra, the continuing developments on Google glass, the stabbing death of a Swedish girl, the concerns around the Oosterschelde storm surge barrier, Netflix entering the Dutch market, concerns about radical Muslims, the Muslim brothers, private policing by Muslims, the uncertain future of Ibn Ghaldoun.
The Police and rescue services had an average weekend in terms of aggression and accidents. Nevertheless, there are unfortunately enough stories which are worthwhile mentioning. Here an overview of the most notable happenings.
At the Jordaanfestival, a yearly festival in the Amsterdam district ‘de Jordaan’, a man was heavily beaten up on Saturday evening. He took part in a street fight among a group of 15 to 20 boys and men who started fighting after some misunderstandings. This was reported by the police.
The more than 4000 monuments that could be visited last weekend, as part of the Heritage Day, have drawn 900,000 visitors, the organization reported on Sunday.
This weekend was the 27th edition of the Heritage Day and had as the theme ‘Power and Splendor’.
So this year extra attention was given to old castles, palaces, canal houses, churches and courts. The organization chose this theme because of the celebration of 200 years of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht.
Sebastian Bowier broke the world record for biking, on a special recumbent bike, with a staggering 133.78 kilometers per hour.
The special, high-tech recumbent bike was a mutual project of the TU in Delft and the VU in Amsterdam. After a straight long track of 8km, the world record time was measured along a 200m track.
Tax on diesel, LPG, alcohol, and soft drinks will go up next year. Diesel will be three cents per liter more expensive, LPG seven cents.
The Dutchman loses an average of 0.5 percent of their purchasing power next year. The growth of the Dutch economy will average 0.5 percent, while the budget deficit will average 3.3 percent in 2014.
The baseline for officials may be eased, but then there will be cuts in benefits.
The body, found Friday morning on the platform of railway station Rijswijk, is that of a local 19-year-old boy, reported police.
An international group of leading medical microbiologists, led by Professor Jan Kluytmans from Amphia Hospital in Breda, calls for a ban on the sale of food containing bacteria that are resistant to carbapenem antibiotics. These antibiotics are so-called last resort means, only prescribed when other antibiotics fail.
On the first day of the new Fries Museum in Leeuwarden 8,132 visitors showed up to take look at the building and the exhibits. There was no admission fee and the museum was open until 20:00h.
Two 18-year-old twin brothers were robbed in the streets of Amsterdam last month and held hostage for two hours. They were threatened and had their mobile phones and money taken away.
The Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) (Dutch Oil Company) is buying a farm in the village of Groningen Onderdendam, because it sustained heavy damage from earthquakes. The tremors are caused by gas drilling in the area.
The TU Delft and Wageningen University will set up a new technological institute in Amsterdam together.
The 19-year-old Swedish woman who was stabbed to death Tuesday in Den Bosch, filed a report of threats by her ex-boyfriend in August.
The Dutch voter is not very afraid of things like the crisis, unemployment and climate change, but is angry with politics, according to research from Kieskompas of the Free University in Amsterdam, commissioned by Trouw newspaper.