Mar 27 '13 06:20

In the big cities, especially in the areas around the railway stations, the traffic to and from the stations is often paralyzed because there are not enough parking spots for bicycles, which block the pedestrian areas and parts of the roads.

An article published on Monday in the daily journal Trouw says that in large cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, cycling traffic is growing by 1.5 to 3 percent each year. For Rotterdam, this annual growth is 5 percent.

Mar 27 '13 06:08

Amsterdam designated six of the city’s prominent locations to demonstrations of anti-monarchists and other activists during the accession festivities on the 30th of April.

Mar 27 '13 06:07

The members of the parliament are very happy that State Secretary for Education, Sander Dekker, is going to take on teasing at schools. The coming new law of Dekker can count on the support of the coalition parties VVD and PvdA, but part of the opposition also promised support.

Mar 27 '13 05:53

Retired presenter and singer Herman Emmink died on Monday in Laren at the age of 86. Emmink became famous with his version of the evergreen “Tulips from Amsterdam”.

He started his career as announcer for the radio in the early fifties. In 1957, he gained much popularity as a singer with the famous song “Tulips from Amsterdam”. He became known as “the singing broadcaster”.

Mar 27 '13 05:50

On Tuesday, a bushfire again raged on the Veluwe. Just like the day before the fire broke out near Hoog Soeren, west of Apeldoorn. Police investigation now shows that the fire on Sunday was probably ignited.

The fire broke out at 1.00 am on a piece of heathland between Hoog Soeren and the restaurant Echoput along the Amersfoortseweg. Dozens of firefighters and a dozen fire trucks battled the fire. It was only around 2.00 pm when the 'safe' signal was given.

Mar 27 '13 03:00

The Netherlands counts almost 2.000 100-plussers, people over a hundred year old. 87 percent of them are women and more than half still live independently.

Mar 27 '13 02:58

A motorist was injured Sunday when the car they were driving rolled over on the Cornelis Lelylaan in Amsterdam.

The rollover happened around 2.00 pm jamming up traffic on the city's southwest side. A cacuse has not been determined in the crash where the car landed besides the road on its roof. No other vehicles or pedestrians were involved, according to a police official.

The motorist was taken, with unknown injuries, to an area hospital.

The road was blocked for a while for all traffic. Police opened up the road around 3.00 pm.

Mar 27 '13 02:56

On Sunday, approximately 235,000 people traveled by train for free courtesy of the promotion for the annual national book week, Boekenweek. The Dutch rail company, NS, said the number was a 17.5% increase over last year's total of 200,000.

Anyone who had spent more than €12.50 on a Dutch book last week in the Netherlands was eligible to receive a free copy of the Kees van Kooten book, De verrekijker. Showing the freebie to the NS on the last day of Boekenweek meant a passenger could get a free train ride.

Mar 27 '13 02:54

Police patrolling the Zuidplein Mall in Rotterdam shot a 25-year-old man on Thursday evening after he tried to escape from them. The Hoogvliet man was shot once in the leg, and was taken to an area hospital.

The police received a tip that the man was carrying a firearm. When police approached the man he took off running. One officer shot at the escaping suspect.

A gun was found on the wounded man's body before he was taken to a hospital.

The State Investigation Department is investigating the case.

Mar 27 '13 02:54

For the first time since 1984, the Netherlands counts more than 600.000 unemployed people. According to the latest numbers of the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS), unemployment increased sharply again in February, up to 7,7 percent.

Mar 27 '13 01:45

Firefighters were able to get a risky fire raging through a moorland in Hoog Soeren quickly under control on Sunday evening.

Mar 26 '13 04:39

A 36-year-old man was shot and injured by police at the Almelo train station Sunday evening. The alleged robber was the subject of a manhunt that ended at the station.

Train traffic to and from Almelo (Overijssel) was shut down and part of the station was closed because of the shooting. The 36-year-old suspect does not have life threatening injuries.

The suspect, a man from Enschede, is accused of raiding an ice cream parlor "IJs en Zo" in the Wierdensestraat. He is said to have threatened two staff members with a knife and then fled with the loot towards the station.

Mar 26 '13 01:11

Parts of the center of Leeuwarden (Friesland) was evacuated after vandals allegedly broke a pipeline by throwing stones at it.

Mar 22 '13 08:41

The rise of the 50Plus party has come to an end in the Politieke Barometer.

According to this poll, by investigation bureau Ipsos, the party of Henk Krol would get 16 seats in parliament if elections were held today. Though that is significantly more than the two seats the party has now, it is three less than the outcome of the same poll given two weeks ago.

The PVV benefits most from the decline in the results for the 50Plus, jumping from 18 seats two weeks ago, to 20 seats in the poll now.

Mar 22 '13 08:24

In a study on fraud at work, there were more women perpetrators last year than the year before.

According to Recherchebureau Hoffman, a company that specializes in company crime investigation and fraud prevention, 28% of the thieves caught were female. The previous year this percentage was only 10%.

The increase in the number of female offenders might be partly because of the economic crisis since more women have started working while more men have lost their jobs.

Mar 22 '13 01:57

Lelystad expects more than thousand Turks to protest against Dutch youth care policy this Friday. Unrest is growing in Turkey and among Turks living in the Netherlands because of reception of Turkish-Dutch children by gay couples and families with a different religious background.

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