Apr 8 '13 08:28

Some citizens of Meerssen (Limburg), united with the Restoration of Democracy Group, believe that acting mayor Hans Schmidt of the municipality in Limburg must resign. They published this in a manifest last Saturday and they have an internet signature campaign going on.

Meerssen, a peaceful village in the South of Limburg, is in turmoil. More than a month ago, 58-year old alderman Jo DeJong committed suicide after he resigned.

At a carnival a few weeks earlier, DeJong gave a french kiss to a female municipal officer in a pub against her will.

Apr 8 '13 08:20

Much to the satisfaction of the police, many citizens chat via Twitter with local police officers from their neighborhood. "Social media are a very important way for the originally rather closed police to be in contact with citizens," says Janinne van den Berg, Manager of the Social Media Policy of the National Police.

Apr 8 '13 08:03

The man who died last Sunday evening after a shootout in the Charlois district of Rotterdam had been hit by a police bullet, according to the police early on Monday.

The victim was a 29-year-old male from Rotterdam. It is not clear yet, according to a police spokesperson, if the fatal blow was by the bullet or if he had other injuries. The only ones who fired their guns, however, were the police.

Apr 8 '13 07:58

The cyber attack on ING and iDeal on April 3 does not look like a serious attempt to get customers' data, according to experts and hackers in the Metro. “It looks to me like nothing more than teasing," says security specialist Barry van Kampen. “A prank of maybe an angry customer who wants to tease ING back and paralyze its organization.

Apr 5 '13 17:52

A 61-year-old man drove into a schoolteacher while she was helping children crossing on De Westblaak, a big street in Rotterdam. The teacher incurred minor injuries.

Apr 5 '13 17:22

The Dutch bureau of statistics, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS), presented the crime figures of 2011 per municipality. The report concludes that the chance that a burglar gets caught is 11,5 percent in the Netherlands.

Apr 5 '13 16:23

The Dutch government designed a digital flag to use in social media on the day of the inauguration. Prime Minister Rutte presented the flag on Friday.

Apr 5 '13 15:44

A major technical failure affected several Dutch banks on Friday. Last Wednesday ING Bank customers also had to deal with an interruption when their bank accounts showed incorrect balances.

Apr 5 '13 14:41

The Dutch Party for Animals Partij voor de dieren (PvdD) in the northern city Groningen wants to prohibit large urban Wi-Fi networks because they are afraid that the radiation is harmful for people and trees.

Apr 3 '13 18:11

One of four suspects allegedly involved in the trade of hazardous substances is also suspected of ''the possession of chemical weapons.''

Apr 3 '13 17:35

Customers are unable to pay for their groceries, have thousands of euros more or less in their bank accounts than yesterday and can not to log into Internet banking because of extreme technical failures at the ING bank on Wednesday.

Apr 3 '13 17:24

Five chunks of amber weighing a total of 83 kilograms were found in the body of a sperm whale, and may have be the reason that the animal washed ashore last December on a sandy plain in Texel, Noord Holland. Taxidermist Mickel van Leeuwen announced the findings after investigating the mammal's remains.

Apr 3 '13 17:15

Men who feel like a woman and women who feel like a man can now easily change their gender on their birth certificates, diplomas and travel documents.

Apr 3 '13 16:56

The number of houses sold in March has increased compared to the previous two months.

Apr 3 '13 16:34

The city council of Amsterdam wants to legalize the cultivation of weed. This should reduce criminality in the supply of coffee shops and because selling soft drugs is legal but growing isn’t, it would make Dutch legislation more logical.

Apr 3 '13 15:46

Copper theft from Dutch railways decreased in 2012 because of the deployment of special intervention teams. The Dutch railway administrator ProRail concluded this in their annual report.

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