Ambulance
Jan 14 '19 14:10

A 24-year-old woman died in a collision on the intersection of Poeldijkstraat and Heemstedestraat in Amsterdam Nieuw-West early on Sunday morning. She was hit by an Uber driver while cycling over the intersection at around 4:00 a.m., Het Parool reports.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate the victim, but it was to no avail. She died at the scene. The 21-year-old taxi driver was arrested and taken to a police station for questioning. The police call on witnesses to come forward.

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Jan 14 '19 13:20

Last year there were 769 incidents in the Netherlands in which a medicine was temporarily or permanently unavailable, an increase of 5 percent compared to the year before, according to pharmacists' organization KNMP. In 2017 the medicine shortage increased by 3 percent, the Telegraaf reports. 

"It is mopping with the tap open. Patient and pharmacist struggle with this enormously every day. The patient is regularly given another box because the pharmacist has to move to an alternative. KNMP chairman Gerben Klein Nulent said to the newspaper.

Amsterdam subway
Jan 14 '19 12:30

Around 80 people participated in Amsterdam's "no pants subway ride" on Sunday afternoon. The rode the subway on the Noord-Zuid line without wearing pants, AT5 reports.

This phenomenon blew over from New York. It is a counter to the annual "blue Monday", supposedly the most depressing day of the year. This year blue Monday falls on  January 21st. 

"Normally I never get out of my comfort zone. So I thought, let me do something crazy", one participant said to AT5.

Police guard in a detention center
Jan 14 '19 11:40

A truck driver from Dongen who was in Belgium on Friday, was not involved in the accident. The truck that hit the 50-year-old man looked identical to the truck the Dutch man drives, but turned out not to be the same vehicle, RTL Nieuws reports.

Volleyballs
Jan 14 '19 10:50

This year the umbrella organizations for sports union NOC*NSF and volunteers' organizations NOV will create a joint blacklist on which anyone convicted of or sanctioned for a sex crime will be registered. This is to prevent sex offenders from bouncing between sports clubs and volunteer organizations unhindered, AD reports.

Mark Rutte
Jan 14 '19 10:00

Prime Minister Mark Rutte made a number of thinly veiled insults aimed at Amsterdam while speaking on television program Buitenhof on Sunday. While speaking about the climate agreement, which the government and business community , Rutte mentioned the "Amsterdam elite" and later also the "white wine sipping elite", Het Parool reports.

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Jan 14 '19 09:15

Ruling party VVD is putting a brake on the climate measures in the climate agreement, which was . Party leader Klaas Dijkhoff does not want "ordinary people" to carry the bill for the climate measures. "It is not my agreement", VVD leader Klaas Dijkhoff said in an interview with the Telegraaf on Saturday. "I'm not going to do it."

Crime scene
Jan 14 '19 08:28

The body of a 32-year-old woman was found in a ditch behind her home in Spijkenisse on Sunday morning, shortly after her husband reported her missing. The police are investigating how she died.

According to the police, the man and woman went to bed together on Saturday night. When the man woke up at around 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, his wife was not in bed with him and nowhere in the house. He called the police.

Crowded Amsterdam at night
Jan 14 '19 08:06

Amsterdam Ombudsman Arre Zuurmond wants to implement an age limit for visitors to the Red Light District, he said in a report on nuisance in the area. He believes that keeping children out will help reduce the problems in the area. He did not give a specific minimum age a child must be before being allowed to enter the Red Light District, AD reports.

Yellow Vest
Jan 14 '19 07:33

A 'yellow vest' protester was killed in a hit-and-run during a highway blockade on the E25 highway near Visé, just across the border with the Netherlands, on Friday. The 50-year-old man was hit by a truck, which then fled the scene. A 56-year-old man from Dongen in Noord-Brabant was arrested on Saturday, the Public Prosecutor in Liege, Belgium confirmed, NOS reports.

Empty classroom
Jan 11 '19 16:30

A 50-year-old former teacher at a Rotterdam school was arrested on Monday on suspicion of abusing a young girl and possessing child pornography, the Public Prosecutor announced on Friday.

Charges were pressed against the man late last month. Based on this, his home in Gouda was search. "After a short scan" child pornography was found on his data carriers, the Prosecutor said. The man taught the girl "in the past".

train trash
Jan 11 '19 15:40

The municipal housing costs, sewerage and waste taxes, and property taxes are rising "very substantially" this year, according to the annual study by the research center for the economy of the lower governments COELO, NU.nl reports.

The national government is increasing waste tax by 139 percent this year. Waste processors pay waste tax for the garbage that is incinerated or landfilled, and this cost is passed on the municipalities. As a result, municipalities have 3.5 to 4 percent more costs this year. 

Mark Prinsen, Sjinkie Knegt, short track speed skating
Jan 11 '19 14:50

sustained severe burns when lighting the wood stove in his home in Bantega, Friesland on Thursday. The 29-year-old short-track skater was rushed to a hospital in Groningen by ambulance, NOS reports.

Humpback whale
Jan 11 '19 14:00

Two humpback whales were spotted swimming off the Dutch coast on Thursday afternoon. The first was seen off the coast of Scheveningen, and a second animal was spotted off the coast near Bergen aan Zee, SOS Dolfijn reports.

An adult humpback can grow up to 18 meters tall. The animals are adventurous and can manage well in shallow waters, such as those on the Dutch coast. According to SOS Dolfijn, there is therefore no reason to worry that the two whales are in trouble. 

Police uniform
Jan 11 '19 13:10

STIP, a special education high school on Europalaan in Utrecht, was evacuated on Thursday afternoon due to a telephonic threat. One suspect was arrested, the Telegraaf reports.

Where the threat came from, and what exactly it entailed, is not yet clear. The police are taking it seriously and are investigating the incident.

Police officers in bullet proof vests were present at the school on a large scale. All pupils and teachers were safely evacuated from the school, the STIP director said to the Telegraaf. 

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Jan 11 '19 12:20

The number of reports of sexual misconduct in Dutch sports more than doubled over the past year, according to figures from Victim Support. In 2017 there were 30 reports about unwanted sexual behavior, last year there were 70, NRC reports.

Nearly two thirds of reports were made by victims themselves, the rest by sport associations and people who know the victims. In 90 percent of cases the victim was underage, 55 percent are female.

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