Mar 12 '18 14:40

Former PvdA State Secretary Dick Benschop will be the new CEO of Royal Schiphol Group, the board of the airport confirmed in a press release on Monday. He will succeed Jos Nijhuis on May 1st, ANP reports.

Benschop, 60, currently works at Royal Dutch Shell. Between 1998 and 2002 he was State Secretary of Foreign Affairs in the Kok II government.

Van der Hoeven psychiatric clinic in Utrecht
Mar 12 '18 14:00

Patients at prison psychiatric clinic Van der Hoeven in Utrecht can easily smuggle in pornography and drugs, newspaper AD reports based on its own investigation. The clinic denies these accusations. 

AD based its investigation on internal documents and interviews with ten clinic patients and lawyers representing patients in the clinic. 

Mar 12 '18 13:20

A 37-year-old man from Eindhoven sustained multiple gunshot wounds in a shooting incident at a caravan camp in the city during the early hours of Sunday morning. The police launched an investigation. The perpetrator is still at large, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.

The shooting happened around 2:00 a.m. at a caravan camp on Kasteellaan. Responding police officers found blood, but no sign of victim or perpetrator. They alerted the hospitals in the area to keep an eye out for a gunshot victim. 

Dutch soldiers
Mar 12 '18 12:40

The Marine Corps and the Army are temporarily merging companies because of staff shortages. With this solution the units can continue to follow complete training programs, but this is only a temporary patch, the Ministry of Defense confirmed to ANP.

Defense is facing a 13 percent staff shortage. The armed forces are attracting more people, but employees often only stay at Defense for a few years. Defense trained employees are attractive to other employers, and other employers can often offer better growth opportunities, according to the news wire. 

Bibian Mentel
Mar 12 '18 12:00

Bibian Mentel won the Netherlands first gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in Peyonchang on Monday. She took gold in the snowboard cross. Silver also went to the Netherlands with Lisa Bunschoten coming in second place. Chris Vos also won silver in the men's snowboard cross, reports.

Piet Holskens and Hans Martens from Assen, missing since 1974
Mar 12 '18 11:20

On Monday the police are searching the De Brink lake in Liessel for two men who disappeared in 1974. The search is launched based on information received late last year, the police said in a statement on Monday.

Piet Holskens (21) and Hans Martens (20) from Assen disappeared in March 1974 after a night out in Deurne. They visited Zanzibar in Deurne and were last seen leaving in a red Fiat 850 Coupe. In the years that followed, the police launched various searches, all to no avail. The police always took into account that the friends may have been murdered. 

Violence against emergency workers
Mar 12 '18 10:40

A 35-year-old man was arrested in Amersfoort on Sunday night after he threw his bicycle at a passing ambulance and then assaulted the driver, ANP reports.

The incident happened on Utrechtseweg. The man threw a bicycle at a passing ambulance, hitting it. The paramedics stopped, thinking that they hit someone. When the driver opened his door, the man again threw the bicycle at the ambulance. When the driver approached him, he punched the driver in the face.

Crime scene
Mar 12 '18 09:54

Emergency services responded to Paddepoelsterweg in Groningen en masse on Sunday after a passerby reported a body in the water. Closer inspection revealed that it was not a person at all, but a realistic sex doll, the police said on Twitter.

A passerby reported the 'body' around 3:45 p.m. on Sunday. Emergency services responded with a large number of personnel, because clothes were also found on the side of the water, according to ANP. Boating traffic in the area was halted for a time. 

Mar 12 '18 09:33

Entrepreneurs and residents living around Schiphol composed a proposal to expand the airport into the ocean. The North Sea still has plenty of space and noise will not cause any inconvenience there, according to the proposal. Such a 'sea runway' will bring relief to the entire Haarlemmermeer, the Telegraaf reports.

According to the proposal, an 'IJ-plain' should be constructed in the North Sea near IJmuiden for a new runway for Schiphol. It can eventually also be used to move other noisy runways, such as Buitenveldert and Aalsmeer, away from the airport.

Jesse Klaver
Mar 12 '18 09:05

GroenLinks wants to block a  with a legislative amendment. Party leader Jesse Klaver hopes to pass this law through parliament and the Senate as quickly as possible, so that it can be submitted to the Council of State for urgent advice this week. ING shareholders will discuss the proposed increase on April 23rd, ANP reports. 

Mar 12 '18 08:40

The left-wing alliance in Rotterdam is under pressure due to a tweet by Islam party Nida dating from 2014. In that tweet, Nida linked Zionism and the state of Israel with terrorist organization ISIS.

Mar 12 '18 08:04

A police officer was assaulted and choked in Amersfoort during the early hours of Saturday morning. She was taken to hospital with a severe concussion and injuries to her face. Six young people were arrested, the police said in a statement.

National Police Chief Erik Akerboom expressed his disgust over the incident. "Aggression, alcohol and drugs are too often the cause. Harsh punishment is the only thing that fits", he said on Twitter. He called it "shocking and unacceptable". 

Mar 12 '18 07:28

The police arrested 11 people during and after a demonstration by anti-Islam movement Pegida in Amsterdam on Sunday afternoon. According to the police, the demonstration was "relatively calm" and nobody was injured.

Around 25 to 30 Pegida supporters gathered at the Stopera and started marching towards Frederiksplein around 1:30 p.m. A group of 40 to 50 people, belonging to movement Laat Ze Niet Lopen among others, gave a counter demonstration. The riot police kept the two groups apart.

Princess Beatrix, autumn 2017
Mar 9 '18 16:00

Princess Beatrix participated in NLdoet - a major annual volunteer action by the Oranje Fonds - on Friday. The former Queen, prince Bernhard and princess Annette, actively helped making learning and play materials and preparing the garden for spring at children's day center Onder een Dak in Amersfoort, RTL Nieuws reports.

The day center teaches kids and teens with intellectual disabilities how to deal with daily activities. 

Alma-Tadema: classic seduction exhibition in the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden
Mar 9 '18 15:20

The Fries Museum won a Global Fine Art Award in New York for its exhibition of work by Dronryp born artist Lourens Alma-Tadema (1836-1912). In the museum world, this award is also known as a 'museum Oscar', NOS reports.

The exhibition, titled Alma-Tadema: classic seduction, featured more than 80 works showing scenes from Antiquity. It attracted more than 158 thousand visitors this winter, a record for the Fries Museum. 

Mar 9 '18 15:08

The power is still out in Amsterdam Centrum. Liander hopes to have it restored around 3:15 p.m., the grid manager says on Twitter. Two people were injured when the power went out. A hit cable caused a large flame on Weteringschans. One man sustained burns, and the other was also near the flame, the local safety office said to

The victims were taken to hospital. Both were conscious and speaking, and their injuries don't seem to be too serious, according to the safety office. 


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