Today is the last Budget Day for the departing Rutte II cabinet. In tradition and ceremony, the day is expected to look like every other Budget Day, with politicians decked out in fancy hats, the Royals arriving at the Ridderzaal in The Hague in a carriage and the famous balcony scene after the throne speech. But given the current VVD and PvdA government's departing status, no big news is expected in the budget. Big changes are left up to the new government.
Saba and Sint Eustatius are anxiously awaiting Hurricane Maria, which is set to pass close by the islands in the course of the morning or early in the afternoon. Hurricane Maria increased in strength and is now considered a category 5 hurricane, the strongest category, with wind speeds up to 260 kilometers per hour, BNR reports.
Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan officially stepped down from office on Monday, announcing his decision in a letter to the city’s residents.
A HEMA employee who got a bit over-enthusiastic with the whipped cream when decorating a birthday cake, resulted in a 3-year-old boy's birthday cake calling him a "whore".
Joran van der Sloot and friend John Ludwick ground missing American teen Natalee Holloway's bones to dust and burned her skull in a cave on Aruba, Ludwick confesses in the fifth episode of a documentary on Holloway's disappearance, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Netherlands is an interesting "supermarket" for countries that want to make weapons of mass destruction, director Onno Eichelsheim of military intelligence service MIVD said in an interview with ANP. According to him, the Dutch intelligence services annually block a "significant number of attempts" of "countries of concerns" trying to acquire knowledge or materials for such weapons from the Netherlands.
A 26-year-old football player for SC Helmondia collapsed on the field during a match against SPV in Vlierden on Sunday. The young man died in hospital on Sunday night, a board member of SC Helmondia confirmed to Omroep Brabant on Monday.
A few minutes after half time, the footballer went to sit down because he did not feel well. He collapsed a short time later. He went into cardiac arrest. Teammates and a player for SPV resuscitated him on the field and he was rushed to the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven. He was kept in a medically induced coma until he passed away.
Almost two thirds of Dutch think that Budget Day is a valuable tradition, according to a study by HR service provider Raet among 1,000 Dutch people. However, two out of three respondents think that Budget Day is completely unnecessary this year, RTL Nieuws reports.
Hurricane Maria is heading towards the Caribbean, but is currently expected to miss the Kingdom of the Netherlands islands, according to Nicolien Kroon of Buienradar. The strong winds and heavy rains the hurricane brings with it can still cause many problems on the islands, especially for Sint Maarten, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma a week and a half a go, RTL Nieuws reports.
Rob Verkerk, Commander of the Dutch Armed Forces, and Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs called critical statements by Sint Maarten Prime Minister William Marlin about Dutch soldiers on the island "complete nonsense". In an interview with NRC, Marlin said that Dutch soldiers did nothing to stop looting on the island after Hurricane Irma.
Two bodies were found in the water of the Thijssengracht in the Overijssel village of Giethoorn on Monday morning. The police are investigating.
The area is closed down to the public and there are police and firefighters on site, according to RTL Nieuws. The police are trying to identify the victims.
The police are investigating whether there is a connection between the two bodies found and an accident in the village last week. A car crashed into the canal, and the occupants of the car has been missing since.
Over 12 percent of Dutch girls between the ages of 15 and 18 years have been bullied online, almost twice as many as boys in the same age group, Statistics Netherlands reported based on figures from the Safety Monitor. The total number of Netherlands residents over the age of 15 that faced cyber bullying remained stable at 3 percent between 2014 and 2016. That is about 400 thousand people, ANP reports.
An increasing number of children are in need of help from youth care, while half of Dutch municipalities have no more money left in their youth care budget, according to a study by broadcaster NOS and Binnenlands Bestuur among 228 municipalities.
Over three quarters of the municipalities now have waiting lists for youth care, half of the municipalities call these waiting times irresponsible. Three quarters say they've seen an increase in demand for youth care. And 87 percent don't think they'll be able to get by with the youth care budget for next year.
Despite improvements over the past years, the air in Gelderland is still anything but clean, according to a report from public health service GGD Gelderland-Midden. The researchers concluded that two babies per year die due to air pollution in the province and breathing the Gelderland air is, on average, equal to smoking six cigarettes per day, Omroep Gelderland reports.
Stefano van Delden, manager of Jong Ajax player Mees de Wit, was attacked after a football match in Helmond on Friday night. "It was clearly about my skin color", he said, according to RTL Nieuws. He pressed charges of public violence and vandalism with the police. Football director of Helmond Sport, Marcel van den Bunder, condemned the violence on Monday. He called it "unacceptable" and "unworthy of Helmond Sport" in a response to Omroep Brabant.
Two flights between Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and Dublin are among the 56 flights Ryanair canceled on Monday. On Saturday the Irish budget airline announced that it is canceling between 40 and 50 flights every day for the next six weeks because it "messed up in the planning of pilot holidays", according to a statement on Facebook. Hundreds of furious travelers took to social media to complain about the airline.