In the next seven years retail space in urban areas will decrease with 2 million square meters. Consultancy firm Booz & Company reported this at the request of the Dutch financial newspaper, Het Financieel Dagblad.
The police found a dead monkey in the vegetable tray of a fridge in a house in Dordrecht, a city in the province of South-Holland. The monkey was beheaded and meant for consumption.
68 million euro of unused phone credit expires every month. That is on average 8 euros per person per month. The Dutch consumers union, de Consumentenbond, announced this on Tuesday. The union sent a petition to the government to change the expiry date of credit to a least a year after it was bought.
Within five days, three ATMs in Amsterdam were blasted. Early Monday morning an ATM was hit in the Rijnstraat and last Thursday and Friday ATMs in Geuzenveld and Slotervaart were targeted.
At half past four on Monday morning people heard a huge bang in the Rijnstraat. Robbers tried to empty the ATM at the corner of Rijnstraat and Trompenburgstraat. In front of the bank building, a car was ablaze. The facade of the ABN-Amro Office was ruined and the ATM was completely destroyed.
The savings of 100 million euro on public broadcasting in the coalition agreement must be turned back, according to ChristenUnie MP Gert-Jan Segers. He also said on Monday that most other opposition parties agreed on this.
The Chamber will talk on Tuesday with State Secretary Sander Dekker (Media) about media policy. The position of the opposition is important, because the coalition has no majority in the Senate. Since the PVV is in favor of the cuts, they could support the government in these plans in the Senate.
“If members of the royal family apply constructions to avoid tax, it is a private consideration. Tax evasion, however, is a serious felony and must be fought. But as long as something is not prohibited by law, people may use it.” Secretary of State Frans Weekers of Finance said this Monday in the TV program Pauw and Witteman in a response to a message that Princess Margriet and her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven used a tax structure to reduce the tax on the inheritance for their children and grandchildren. That construction is not prohibited. "The law applies to everyone," said Weekers.
Department store Marks & Spencer will open its doors on the Kalverstraat 226 in Amsterdam on Wednesday. A Dutch representative of the British company said that they expect a big spectacle with long queues when they open at exactly 11.30am.
The largest banks of the Netherlands will start working together after cyber attacks. Through sharing information they should be able to defend themselves better. Information is not shared at the moment because of competition considerations.
Two men robbed an armored car in Alphen aan den Rijn, in the province of South Holland. They took an unknown amount of money and fled on a grey scooter.
Schools may not offer ‘fun studies’ anymore, and if they don’t stop offering them fast enough they should be forced. Dutch Minister of Education Bussemaker wrote this in a letter to the House.
Parents are worried at one of the ten Dutch iPad-schools that will open in August. At least 10 of the 77 children registered at de Driemaster in Sneek, in the northern province of Friesland, have been removed from the school.
Six prostitution boats at het Zandpad in the city of Utrecht have to close their windows by Thursday. The two owners of 24 windows are suspected of human trafficking and will lose their permit.
The New Republican Society (NRG) thinks that the House of Representatives must debate on the “exorbitant salary'' of the king. The Society, which wants an elected head of state in the Netherlands, thinks that a net salary of 150,000 euro is enough for King Willem-Alexander.
The NRG wants to submit a citizens' initiative. According to the law, at least 40,000 citizens have to sign the initiative.
The NRG further calls on people, who have the same thoughts, to wear white instead of orange on April 30, the day that Willem-Alexander is inaugurated as king.
More than 4,500 times a year, hospital staff become victims of physical and verbal violence. In more than 200 cases, the violence is so severe that the perpetrator gets a permanent ban for accessing the hospital. Minister Edith Schippers (Health) thinks these incidents are totally unacceptable.
On a request of the AD, a third of all hospitals gave access to data about intimidation against their staff. Extrapolated to all 93 Dutch hospitals, the figures come down to 4,500 times a year, which means twelve times a day.
About 20,000 people visited the reopened Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam on Saturday between 1:00 pm and 12:00 pm, after a reopening ceremony led by Queen Beatrix in the morning.
On Saturday no entrance fee was raised, and visitors received a guided tour of the main highlights in the museum. The reopening was broadcast live on the channel Nederland 2 and about 1.15 million people saw the show.
The man held responsible for the fatal fall of the three-year-old boy, Nana, in Amsterdam Zuidoost, will be charged with murder or manslaughter, according to the Office of the Public Prosecutor.
The judge of the Court of Amsterdam has extended the trial detention of the 37-year-old man by two weeks. The suspect is the nephew of the Ghanaian father of the toddler Nana, who fell from the sixth floor of their Kikkenstein flat in Amsterdam Zuidoost last Tuesday at around 11:00 pm.