The number of complaints about unsolicited phone calls decreased with 38 percent to 8332 in 2012. This means that the Dutch don’t-call-me-register, the Bel-me-niet-register, works. Zsolt Szabó, chairman of the organization that developed the register, said this on Friday.
The four boys who tried to rob a 9-year-old girl on Wednesday, went to the police. The girl ended up in hospital with a concussion and bleeding in her brains.
A total of 50.314 people signed up for the Nijmeegse Vierdaagse, the famous yearly four-day walking event in Nijmegen, a city in the province of Gelderland.
The Dutch centre of expertise on mental health and addiction, Trimbos-instituut, warns for the dangerous substance PMMA that they found in samples of powder that was sold as ketamine and MDMA, an ingredient of the popular drug XTC.
From the end of May people will be able to avoid the crowds in the canals of Amsterdam. With new information added to the existing mobile phone application ‘Vaarwater’, a route planner for the canals, people will be able to see where it’s busy.
Prince Willem-Alexander has known for about a year and a half that he is going to be crowned on April 30 of this year. 3FM DJ Gerard Ekdom says that he heard this directly from the Crown Prince during the “uitblinkers” lunch at Noordeinde Palace, according to a report by the NOS.
“The prince was almost sitting next to me, so I had a very nice talk with him,” Ekdom said in the Coen & Sander Show. “Frankly speaking, I know it already for one and a half years,” Ekdom quotes the prince.
On Thursday employers, employees and the government closed a social agreement. Part of the agreement is that the extra austerity package of 4.3 billion for 2014 is abandoned. In the fall it will be decided if next year additional cuts in the budget are necessary. Prime Minister Rutte Thursday disclosed this during a joint press conference.
Besides abandoning the austerity package, the agreement includes the WW, dismissal, the disabled, flexible employment, pensions and state pension deficiency.
On Thursday night, a 3-year-old toddler died after falling from the sixth floor. The accident took place at the Kikkenstein flat in Amsterdan Southeast. An eyewitness says that a drunken man threw the child from the flat.
Chris Gorleku (19) was the first to arrive at the boy called Nana. A child of Ghanaian descent, he was still alive then but died later in the hospital. Two men (37 and 46 years old) and a woman (27 years old) were arrested.
The inauguration on April 30 has caused an unprecedented demand for large television screens. The demand is so high that rental companies in the Netherlands are out of stock. Screens are now arranged from Belgium and Germany, according to a report by AD.
The memorial center Camp Westerbork will celebrate its 30th year on Friday. The memorial center at the former transit camp of the Nazis was opened on April 12, 1983 by Queen Beatrix. During the war, 107,000 Jews and Gypsies were deported from Westerbork, but 102,000 did not return.
House prices still decrease, but not as fast as in 2012. The bottom of the market is in sight. NVM, the biggest broker organization in the Netherlands, announced on Thursday that the average price of a house is now 206 thousand euro, 5,5 percent lower than a year ago.