Pia Dijkstra
Jun 12 '19 09:30

Parliamentarians from both opposition and coalition parties expressed concerns about increasingly intimidating anti-abortion, anti-choice demonstrations at abortion clinics in the Netherlands. Oppositions parties GroenLinks, PvdA, SP, PvdD and 50Plus and ruling party VVD issued a joint call to protect women's right to safely choose abortion, NOS and RTL Nieuws report.

Awareness campaign on elderly abuse - "It does not stop, until you do something"
Jun 12 '19 08:42

One in 20 elderly people in the Netherlands face abuse. Ministers Hugo de Jonge of Public Health and Sander Dekker for Legal Protection launched a television campaign to increase awareness on how to recognize and report the abuse of the elderly people. New commercials for the campaign will start appearing on television this week.

Murat Memis
Jun 12 '19 08:12

The SP faction leader in the Eindhoven city council is being held in Turkey. Murat Memis was arrested and spent four days in jail. He was then released, but he is not allowed to leave Turkey while awaiting trial, Eindhoven mayor John Jorritsma informed the city council on Tuesday evening, NOS reports.

Football
Jun 12 '19 07:47

Amateur football clubs are an asset for criminals, who use them for money laundering, drug dealing, and creating an image of prestige and power in a neighborhood or town, according to a recent study by Tilburg University. Five football clubs from Zeeland and Noord-Brabant suspect that criminals are trying to infiltrate their club, according to the researchers, AD reports. 

Police dog Battje - not the dog mentioned in this article
Jun 11 '19 19:00

A police canine team in Almelo found a missing 88-year-old woman from the Overijssel city on Monday night. Authorities then rescued the woman who was conscious, but suffering from symptoms of hypothermia, police said.

The woman, who uses a walker, went missing from the Aletta Jacobsstraat at about 4:15 p.m. “In the night, the missing woman was found by a dog handler. He was searching with his service dog in the vicinity of the location provided [online],” police said in a statement.

Apple Pay
Jun 11 '19 18:35

Mobile payment method Apple Pay finally launched in the Netherlands on Tuesday, over 4.5 years after the service was introduced. The service allows users to pay for goods and services using their Apple devices instead of debit cards at  contactless terminals where Maestro is accepted.

Netherlands and New Zealand flags
Jun 11 '19 17:45

The OranjeLeeuwinnen dominated their opening match in the 2019 Women's World Cup in every category, but simply could not manage to send the ball into the back of the net. That all changed in the second minute of injury time when Jill Roord sent the ball in off her head and past New Zealand keeper Erin Nayler.

Herring, korenwijn, gherkins, and Amsterdamse uitjes
Jun 11 '19 17:33

Herring season is officially underway in the Netherlands. The first barrel of Hollandse Nieuwe herring, a Dutch specialty, was sold on Tuesday and raised 95.5 thousand euros in a charity auction, beating the previous record by 500 euros.

Proceeds from the annual event at the Scheviningen fish market were raised for the non-profit group Mag Ik Dan Bij Jou. The organization provides financial assistance to parents of children with cancer, so the parents can spend more time by their child’s side day or night.

Ingrid van Engelshoven
Jun 11 '19 16:30

The government set aside 1 million euros per year for a "national facility" in Amsterdam dedicated to commemorating the Netherlands' slavery past, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science announced with the government's culture plans for the period 2021-2024.

Shipping traffic on the IJ at Amsterdam Centraal
Jun 11 '19 15:40

It seems increasingly likely that a new cycling bridge will be built over the IJ river in Amsterdam, instead of a tunnel under it. Research by the Ministry of Infrastructure showed that raising the existing bridges over the river higher will cost unaffordable amounts of money, which eliminates the need to build the new bridge extra high - the main argument for building a tunnel instead. 

Noord Station on Amsterdam's Noord-Zuid subway line, 21 July 2018
Jun 11 '19 14:50

The Dutch government is considering introducing levies so that those who benefit from public transport also help pay for its improvements, Financieele Dagblad reports based on documents the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management sent to parliament over the past six months.

Eddie Vedder
Jun 11 '19 14:00

Eddie Vedder, the singer and frontman of band Pearl Jam, is looking for the woman who gave him a lift on her brother's bike to his hotel in Amsterdam in 1992. He often thinks back to that moment. "Is the woman who gave me a lift to my hotel in 1992 maybe here tonight?" Vedder asked during the first, sold out, show of his solo European tour in Afas Live Amsterdam on Sunday, AD reports.

After asking this question, Vedder looked expectantly out at the crowd, but all remained silent. 

Arrest
Jun 11 '19 13:10

Four Dutch persons were arrested in the Netherlands and Croatia last week as part of a major international investigation into large-scale drug trafficking, led by the German police. The Dutch are suspected of delivering psychoactive substances, popularly called designer drugs, to thousands of German buyers, the Dutch police said in a statement. This involved at least 15 thousand shipments, according to the police.

Cafes on an Amsterdam street
Jun 11 '19 12:20

Hospitality businesses like restaurants and cafes are increasingly prevalent on Dutch shopping streets, as more and more retailers are disappearing from the landscape due to financial problems. The latest business struggling to cope in the Dutch retail scene is Canadian department store chain Hudson's Bay. Only two years after entering the Dutch market, the parent company is looking to cut back, which may include closing stores.

Students in a lecture
Jun 11 '19 11:13

International students in the Netherlands are very positive about the quality of Dutch lecturers, but they struggle to feel at home in the country, according to a survey by three student organizations. They struggle to connect with their Dutch peers, have trouble finding affordable housing, and complain about how difficult it is to find courses to teach them the Dutch language, Trouw and Het Parool report.

Handcuffs
Jun 11 '19 10:40

The police linked a shooting on Waldeck Pyrmontlaan in Rotterdam on Sunday evening to outlaw motorcycle gang No Surrender, which was banned by the court last week. One of the arrested suspects was wearing No Surrender colors, the police said in a statement.

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