Mar 19 '18 11:50

On Monday morning the police arrested a man who was behaving suspiciously at kosher restaurant on Amstelveenseweg in Amsterdam. Video footage shows the man screaming in front of the restaurant, NU.nl reports.

Rotterdam Centraal
Mar 19 '18 11:04

No train traffic is currently possible to and from Rotterdam due to a major signal- and switch failure. How long this problem will last is not yet clear. NS deployed buses to get travelers out of the cold and to their destination, AD reports.

The fault occurred around 9:30 a.m. on the line between Rotterdam and Gouda, but soon spread to the whole region. No trains are running to and from Rotterdam Centraal.

Mar 19 '18 10:50

Over the past two years, three quarters of primary school teachers in the Netherlands faced intimidation from parents who wanted a higher school advice for their kids, according to a survey among 2 thousand teachers by union CNV Education and EenVandaag. Advice that a child should continue in vocational education is particularly badly received by parents, RTL Nieuws reports.

Mar 19 '18 10:05

Around 95 percent of teachers at Geldrop primary schools De Regenboog, Beneden Beekloop, and De Gazenbloem are not at work on Monday, the teachers announced in a press release. They called in sick on Sunday night due to a long-ongoing conflict within foundation 't Nut, which covers these three primary schools. Parents of pupils of De Gazenbloem were told not to bring their kids to school on Monday, Omroep Brabant and NOS report.

Mar 19 '18 09:28

A houseboat on Oegstgeesterweg in Leiden is sinking due to a leak. Despite enormous effort by the fire department, the house boat can not be saved, the fire brigade said on Twitter on Monday morning. The family living in the houseboat got out unharmed, NU.nl reports.

The fire department started pumping water out of the houseboat around 5:50 a.m. on Monday. But the water put so much pressure on the houseboat that the shore anchor broke, making the houseboat unstable. 

A police car in Antwerp, Belgium
Mar 19 '18 09:03

The authorities in Antwerp are investigating a gang-rape involving five men raping two young Dutch women. Three suspects were arrested so far, AD reports.

The two Dutch women, 21 and 22-years-old, went to Antwerp for the weekend, according to the newspaper. On Friday night they visited discotheque Roxy, where rapper Ronnie Flex and a number of Dutch DJ's performed. At the club, they started chatting with five men. They don't remember much more of the night, they told the police. The police believe they were drugged.

Ugbaad Kilincci
Mar 19 '18 08:32

Ugbaad Kilincci, a PvdA candidate councilor in Emmen, was faced with racism while campaigning in the Drenthe town on Saturday. She was called, among other things, a "ragged-head moron", a "black monkey", and told to "go back to Africa", RTL Nieuws reports.

Loes ten Dolle
Mar 19 '18 07:49

A video that went viral on Dumpert, showing candidate councilor for Kansrijk Winterswijk Paul Hijink kicking a chair after a disappointing election debate, resulted in a flood of sexist message sent to D66 candidate in Winterswijk Loes ten Dolle, who can also be seen in the video.

"They are just dirty and nasty messages", Ten Dolle said, according to the Telegraaf. She hasn't received any threats.

Mar 16 '18 17:00

Last year a massive 5.18 million people visited amusement park Efteling, compared to 4.76 million in 2016. The park in Kaatsheuvel is pleased that it reached the "magic line" of 5 million visitors, a goal Efteling has been aiming at since 2014, NU.nl reports. 

Efteling attributes the increase in visitors to investments in new family attraction Symbolica and holiday park Efteling Loonsche Land. 

Mark Rutte
Mar 16 '18 16:20

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is not available to succeed Donald Tusk when his term as EU president ends next year, the Prime Minister said on Friday, NOS reports

On Friday morning Rutte's VVD colleague Frits Bolkestein said to the Volkskrant that Rutte would do well to succeed Tusk. According to the former European Commissioner, it is in the interests of the Netherlands for Rutte to accept this "crucial function" in the European Union. He also said that Rutte as "binding figure" has the capacity to fill this difficult role

Hugo de Jonge
Mar 16 '18 15:40

Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health calls it "very worrisome" that the so-called suicide powder claimed a victim. A 19-year-old girl from Uden in Noord-Brabant committed suicide using the drug three weeks ago. She ordered it online, ANP reports.

The Public Prosecutor launched an investigation into the girl's death. The investigation must also show whether Cooperatie Laaste Wil (CWL), who wants to distribute the powder among people who wish to die, was involved in the young woman's death. De Jonge finds it good that the Prosecutor launched an investigation.

Mar 16 '18 15:00

20 percent of Dutch people aged 12 and older had trouble sleeping in 2017, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands' Heath Survey.

In the two weeks before the survey, 20 percent of Dutch had trouble falling asleep, struggled to sleep through the night, or woke up too early. Ten percent indicated that they had serious sleep problems. 41 percent of the Dutch with sleep problems say it hampers their daily functioning, causing forgetfulness or poor concentration. Among those with serious sleep problems, 57 percent say it hampers their daily functioning.

Two Dutch were killed in a head on collision on the Great Northern Highway in Australia, 14 March 2018
Mar 16 '18 14:20

Two Dutch people were killed in a head on collision in Australia on Wednesday. The driver of the other car, a 20-year-old Australian, sustained minor injuries, NU.nl reports.

According to Eindhovens Dagblad, the Dutch victims are a couple from Deurne in Noord-Brabant.

Erik Akerboom
Mar 16 '18 13:40

The Dutch police plans to extend its contribution to international police missions. National Police Chief Erik Akerboom wants to send dozens of extra police officers abroad in the coming years, he said in a statement on the police site on Friday.

Mar 16 '18 13:00

A man shot on Piet Mondriaanstraat in Amsterdam Niew-West on Thursday evening, died of his injuries. The police have not yet identified him, though local residents say he was a 19-year-old boy, Het Parool reports.

The , near the crossing with Jan Tooropstraat. The victim was found in front of one of the homes io the street. He was unconscious.

Mar 16 '18 12:20

Google is going to expand its data center in Eemshaven, Groningen and is investing another 500 million euros in the complex, a spokesperson for the internet giant confirmed to NU.nl.


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