Parool.nl reported that Sinterklaas will arrive for the first time in the northern city of Groningen this year, on the 16th of November. Mayor Peter Rehwinkel announced on Tuesday that his long-cherished wish had been fulfilled.
Amsterdam will earn a considerable amount of money from tourist taxes in 2013. Parool.nl reported that with an eye on the inauguration and the re-opening of museums the city increased taxes with ten percent.
This years’ increase in property tax, onroerendezaakbelasting (ozb), is higher than allowed. According to research institute COELO the ozb income of the Netherlands will increase with 3,86 percent this year, where a maximum increase of 2,76 percent was agreed.
Mosques don’t report incidents like arson and destruction to the police often enough because they are afraid they won’t be taken seriously.
Criminals are using the cyber attack on the ING bank to send phishing mails. People are asked to follow a link in a fake e-mail to secure their personal banking details because they would be inadequately secured after the Internet fraud of last week.
A fast food chain is going to sell French fries with weed sauce in Amsterdam and Utrecht. Creator Albert van Beek added a cannabis concentrate to a base of Flemish mayonnaise.
Alphen aan den Rijn commemorates on Tuesday the shooting that took place two years ago in the shopping center Ridderhof. At 12 noon there will be a private memorial service organized by the city for the survivors and victims. Bas Eenhoorn, mayor of Alphen aan den Rijn, will lay flowers together with the shopkeepers' association of Ridderhof.
In 2011 Tristan van der Vlis caused a massacre at the mall. In a hail of bullets, six innocent people were killed and 16 were injured. Van der Vlis then committed suicide at the checkout area of a supermarket.
Employees of all Dutch prisons and forensic psychiatric clinics will go on strike if the austerity plan of State Secretary Fred Teeven is not suspended before Thursday next week, as related by a spokesperson of the Action Committee of the prison in Hoogeveen to RTV Drenthe.
If the plans of Teeven pushes through, a lot of prisons will have to close. Unions, the Work Councils of the prisons and action committees have issued an ultimatum that expires on Thursday, April 18. The staff will go on strike on April 25 if Teeven does not respond.
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is your king from the cockpit!" This could be happen to passengers after April 30. “Prince Willem-Alexander is determined to ‘as long as possible’ keep his pilot license, even after the inauguration,” says the Government Information Service (RVD).
In order to have the required flight hours for the license, the prince has for many years been a guest pilot at KLM Cityhopper. He flies to European destinations with a Fokker 70. “This can be both,” says the RVD, “on the government plane PH-KBX as on a Fokker 70 from the regular fleet.”
Russian president Vladimir Poetin will pay the Netherlands a short visit on Monday to open the Netherlands-Russia year together with Queen Beatrix in the museum Hermitage in Amsterdam. Sensitive topics will also be discussed and more than 3,3 thousand people plan to protest against the Russian anti-gay law.
One in three baby’s regularly plays with a tablet computer. My Child Online, Mijn Kind Online, concluded this from data collected from a thousand parents.
One person died in a fire in an apartment block in Rotterdam on Monday. Around noon four fire trucks were sent to the Oldegaarde in the district Charlois.
Dutch newspaper Telegraaf reported a cyber attack on Monday morning. Its website was offline for two hours on Sunday night and for half an hour on Monday morning at 9.00am. Publisher Herman Mantel said that the investigation of the newspaper showed that a DDos-attack was the cause.
Some citizens of Meerssen (Limburg), united with the Restoration of Democracy Group, believe that acting mayor Hans Schmidt of the municipality in Limburg must resign. They published this in a manifest last Saturday and they have an internet signature campaign going on.
Meerssen, a peaceful village in the South of Limburg, is in turmoil. More than a month ago, 58-year old alderman Jo DeJong committed suicide after he resigned.
At a carnival a few weeks earlier, DeJong gave a french kiss to a female municipal officer in a pub against her will.
Much to the satisfaction of the police, many citizens chat via Twitter with local police officers from their neighborhood. "Social media are a very important way for the originally rather closed police to be in contact with citizens," says Janinne van den Berg, Manager of the Social Media Policy of the National Police.
The man who died last Sunday evening after a shootout in the Charlois district of Rotterdam had been hit by a police bullet, according to the police early on Monday.
The victim was a 29-year-old male from Rotterdam. It is not clear yet, according to a police spokesperson, if the fatal blow was by the bullet or if he had other injuries. The only ones who fired their guns, however, were the police.