Apr 11 '13 08:41

Amsterdam’s city council greeted Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s arrival this week with rainbow flags on every building in the city. The flags was also purposely placed around the city center to raise awareness around the world.

Apr 10 '13 18:17

1150 drivers received a fine for speeding on the A2 between Amsterdam and Utrecht on the 31st of March. The control system failed to switch to the new daylight saving time.

Apr 10 '13 17:31

In the first three months of this year the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS), reported the highest number of bankruptcies in a quarter since measurements started 30 years ago.

Apr 10 '13 16:56

Albert Heijn (AH) will remove its budget line Euro Shopper from the supermarkets in the course of this year. Instead the chain will introduce AH Basic, as a more price-quality consistent brand.

Apr 10 '13 16:17

The influenza epidemic that rages in the Netherlands for 16 weeks is the longest epidemic the country had in 20 years. Research institute Nivel announced that today.

Apr 10 '13 15:32

The 3-year-old child who fell from the 6th floor of a flat in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Tuesday evening has died of his injuries.

Apr 10 '13 10:04

The Dutch Food- and Goods Authority, Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (NVWA) wants that 130 Dutch customers of meat processor Willy Selten from Oss find and recall a total of 50 thousand tons of meat.

Apr 9 '13 17:58

Parool.nl reported that Sinterklaas will arrive for the first time in the northern city of Groningen this year, on the 16th of November. Mayor Peter Rehwinkel announced on Tuesday that his long-cherished wish had been fulfilled.

Apr 9 '13 17:21

Amsterdam will earn a considerable amount of money from tourist taxes in 2013. Parool.nl reported that with an eye on the inauguration and the re-opening of museums the city increased taxes with ten percent.

Apr 9 '13 16:40

This years’ increase in property tax, onroerendezaakbelasting (ozb), is higher than allowed. According to research institute COELO the ozb income of the Netherlands will increase with 3,86 percent this year, where a maximum increase of 2,76 percent was agreed.

Apr 9 '13 15:39

Mosques don’t report incidents like arson and destruction to the police often enough because they are afraid they won’t be taken seriously.

Apr 9 '13 15:38

Criminals are using the cyber attack on the ING bank to send phishing mails. People are asked to follow a link in a fake e-mail to secure their personal banking details because they would be inadequately secured after the Internet fraud of last week.

Apr 9 '13 15:05

A fast food chain is going to sell French fries with weed sauce in Amsterdam and Utrecht. Creator Albert van Beek added a cannabis concentrate to a base of Flemish mayonnaise.

Apr 9 '13 08:55

Alphen aan den Rijn commemorates on Tuesday the shooting that took place two years ago in the shopping center Ridderhof.  At 12 noon there will be a private memorial service organized by the city for the survivors and victims. Bas Eenhoorn, mayor of Alphen aan den Rijn, will lay flowers together with the shopkeepers' association of Ridderhof.

In 2011 Tristan van der Vlis caused a massacre at the mall. In a hail of bullets, six innocent people were killed and 16 were injured. Van der Vlis then committed suicide at the checkout area of a supermarket.

Apr 9 '13 08:49

Employees of all Dutch prisons and forensic psychiatric clinics will go on strike if the austerity plan of State Secretary Fred Teeven is not suspended before Thursday next week, as related by a spokesperson of the Action Committee of the prison in Hoogeveen to RTV Drenthe.

If the plans of Teeven pushes through, a lot of prisons will have to close. Unions, the Work Councils of the prisons and action committees have issued an ultimatum that expires on Thursday, April 18. The staff will go on strike on April 25 if Teeven does not respond.

Apr 9 '13 08:44

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is your king from the cockpit!" This could be happen to passengers after April 30. “Prince Willem-Alexander is determined to ‘as long as possible’ keep his pilot license, even after the inauguration,” says the Government Information Service (RVD).

In order to have the required flight hours for the license, the prince has for many years been a guest pilot at KLM Cityhopper. He flies to European destinations with a Fokker 70. “This can be both,” says the RVD, “on the government plane PH-KBX as on a Fokker 70 from the regular fleet.”

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