NikkieTutorials
Feb 11 '20 11:50

Nikkie de Jager, known worldwide by her YouTube name NikkieTutorials, will be the fourth presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest, in addition to the already announced Chantal Janzen, Edsilia Rombley and Jan Smit. The 25-year-old YouTube star will be the "online host" - she will report about the event online, record a YouTube series with the artists, and will be on television at the semi-finals and final in Rotterdam in May, NOS repots.

Over a kilogram of fentanyl confiscated in Eindhoven, 3 February 2020
Feb 11 '20 10:37

The police found over a kilogram of fentanyl in a shed in Eindhoven on February 3rd. "As far as is known, such a large amount of this extremely dangerous substance has never before been seized in the Netherlands," the Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday.

Schiphol Amsterdam
Feb 11 '20 10:10

Before Schiphol can be given permission to further expand its number of flight movements, there must first be a new investigation into safety at the airport, according to coalition parties D66 and ChristenUnie. They want to be absolutely certain that growth will not affect the safety of passengers and employees at Schiphol, NOS reports.

Rabobank
Feb 11 '20 09:17

Rabobank customers with more than 1 million euros in their savings accounts will soon have to pay to keep their money in the bank. The bank is implementing a savings interest rate of -0.5 percent on savings accounts with more than a million euros as of July 1st or private customers, and as of May 1st for business customers, RTL Nieuws reports.

Children watching videos on a laptop
Feb 11 '20 08:46

The Netherlands' viewers' guide Kijkwijzer will also apply to YouTube videos from September, according to a new law that will take effect then. The Kijkwijzer will warn if a video contains sex, violence, drug use or the like, in order to better protect children against unwanted content. Those who do not cooperate with the Kijkwijzer, can expect a hefty fine, Minister Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Education said, RTL Nieuws reports.

Cruise ship Westerdam
Feb 11 '20 08:26

The passengers on Dutch cruise ship the Westerdam are not allowed to disembark in Thailand due to concerns over the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV. The Thai Minister of Health refused entry to the passengers. "I gave this order. Permission to disembark has been denied," he said in a statement, NOS reports.

Scales of justice and gavel on law book
Feb 11 '20 07:57

Suspects of rape are rarely prosecuted in the Netherlands, and those who are often get away with a low sentence. Over the past three years, the courts in the Netherlands never imposed the maximum sentence for rape - 12 years in prison, AD reports based on figures requested from the police, the judiciary and the court about sexual offenses in the past three years. 

Airplane arriving at Schiphol Airport
Feb 11 '20 07:38

Strong winds continue to blow along the coast of the Netherlands on Tuesday. Schiphol warned travelers that this can lead to more canceled and delayed flights. Travelers association ANWB also warned road users to be aware of the strong winds and adjust their driving behavior accordingly.

By 7:20 a.m., Schiphol reported 47 canceled departures, 51 canceled arrivals, and dozens of delays on its website. There are also many gate changes for departures, so travelers are advised to check their flight information carefully. 

Money laundering
Feb 10 '20 17:50

The Netherlands' authorities do not have the capacity to deal with the large number of suspicious transactions that tax advisers, banks and other financial services are obliged to report to them, the Dutch association of tax advisers NOB and the register of tax advisers RB said to newspaper Trouw.

Eindhoven Airbase
Feb 10 '20 17:00

Four more Dutch people returned to The Netherlands on Sunday after they were extracted from Wuhan, China over coronavirus concerns. Two Chinese relatives of the Dutch passengers also arrived on the flight, which landed at Eindhoven Air Base.

Wind knocked over several parts of the garden statue Faith, Hope and Love outside the Oosterpark in Amstterdam, 10 February 2020
Feb 10 '20 16:10

The fire brigade responded to a total of 2.247 reports of storm damage and flooding while winter storm Ciara was raging in the Netherlands on Sunday.

Afternoon traffic on the A4 near Rotterdam
Feb 10 '20 15:20

Public works department Rijkswaterstaat expects that rain will cause problems on the roads during rush hour on Monday evening. NS is still dealing with a number of problems caused by winter storm Ciara on Sunday, so train travelers can also expect a busy commute.

"Traffic jams can be somewhat longer than normal, because rain calls for adjusted driving behavior," Rijkswaterstaat said on Monday afternoon. "We expect a busy rush hour in the evening." 

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