Justice scales and the Amsterdam flag
Dec 13 '19 13:00

Robert Oey, Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema's partner, was given 40 hours of community service on Friday for illegal weapon possession. According to the Public Prosecution Service, the 53-year-old filmmaker had a gas or alarm revolver with a obstruction in the barrel, for which he had no license, NU.nl reports.

Lady Justice
Dec 13 '19 11:48

Bekir E. was sentenced to 14 years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment for shooting and killing 16-year-old Humeyra at her Rotterdam school in December last year.

Aung San Suu Kyi
Dec 13 '19 11:20

The government leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, will not be visiting the Tweede Kamer on Friday as planned. The meeting between her and the Foreign Affairs committee had to be canceled due to "unexpected changes" in her program, the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, announced.

Afternoon traffic on the A4 near Rotterdam
Dec 13 '19 10:30

Car owners in the Netherlands will pay 147 million euros more in road taxes next year than this year, according to Statistics Netherlands. The increase is partly due to the growing fleet of vehicles, higher rates, and the particulate matter tax that will be implemented. In total, the government and provinces expect to collect almost 6.1 billion euros in road tax in 2020.

The road tax, or motor vehicle tax, consists of a government part and a part collected by the provinces. The government expects to collect 131 million euros more next year, the provinces 16 million euros more. 

Firework bomb thrown under a police van in Duindorp, The Hague, 3 December 2019
Dec 13 '19 09:34

The police released a video of an incident in the Duindorp neighborhood of The Hague on December 3rd. Someone in a group of young people threw a firework bomb under a police van, which was in the area due to unrest after the annual New Year's bonfire was canceled. The police are looking for the perpetrators.

The blast severely damaged the police van. Fortunately, none of the seven police officers inside were injured, though some did report issues with their ears afterwards. 

Church
Dec 13 '19 09:05

Homosexual priest Pierre Valkering successfully appealed in Rome against his dismissal as priest of the Amsterdam Vredeskerk, he said on radio program Dit is De Dag, The Congregation for the Clergy, the Vatican department that deals with priest issues, ruled that his dismissal was unjustified because of procedural errors, NOS reports.

High workload
Dec 13 '19 08:43

Health risks are not evenly distributed across the different employment contracts in the Netherlands, according to a report by the social-economic council SER, the government's main advisory body. Flexible workers face more physical dangers than permanent employees, and permanent employees struggle more emotionally, Trouw reports.

gele-politiejas
Dec 13 '19 08:07

A total of 134 police officers in the Netherlands were fired or suspended for violating integrity rules last year, an 8 percent increase compared to 2017. The most common reason for disciplinary action taken against a police officer was "violation of standards in private life", followed by leaking, abusing or withholding information, according to figures the police released on Thursday.

Mark Rutte
Dec 13 '19 07:34

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party achieved an absolute majority in the parliamentary elections on Thursday. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is pleased that his win will at least bring quick clarity on what will happen with the Brexit, he said according to NOS.

"I don't feel relief or sadness, but rather an factual finding to settle this. I think everyone thinks that is good news, otherwise it will keep us occupied for years", Rutte said. 

Banana artwork on sale at Albert Heijn in Den Bosch, 9 December 2019
Dec 12 '19 20:00

An Albert Heijn store in Den Bosch created its own version of an artwork, which consisted of a banana stuck to a wall with duct tape. But where the artwork by Maurizio Cattelan recently sold for 120 thousand euros, the Albert Heijn version is discounted to only 0.28 cents. 

The recreated work in the Albert Heijn store on De Arena was thought up by manager Ron Soeters. He loved the Italian artist's idea, he said to BN De Stem. "It's wonderful to see that such a simple banana impresses people so much." 

Police
Dec 12 '19 19:34

Shots rang out at a sports school in Amstelveen on Thursday afternoon, leaving one person dead in a likely street assassination. The suspects in the case evaded arrest, and their vehicle was later found in flames, police said.

The victim had just put his child into his car when the shooting took place, crime reporter Wouter Laumens said on Twitter. The car was a BMW with bulletproof armor, reported the Parool. After the shooting, the child ran back into the sports center.

Electric car
Dec 12 '19 19:00

The charging cards which electric car owners use to charge their cars at a charging point are "childishly easy" to copy, which means that malicious parties can easily charge their car at other people's cost, according to security company ESET. As far as is known, this problem applies to all Dutch charge cards and public charging points, NOS reports.

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