The first autumn storm to hit the Netherlands this season, is starting to take its toll across the country. Schiphol had to close down a number of runways due to the strong winds. The A13 highway between Delft and Rotterdam was closed for a time after a tree fell on a car. And NS is running fewer trains on a number of routes.
State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment plans to reduce noise pollution on the Veluwe after Lelystad Airport's expansion with a different flight route and by making planes fly at a higher altitude, she told the Tweede Kamer, NU.nl reports.
A British Airline plane on its way to London made an emergency landing at Schiphol Airport on Tuesday night. Emergency services responded to the airport en masse because of a report that one or more of the plane's engines failed, local broadcaster NH Nieuws reports. The plane landed safely.
The Airbus A321 was on its way to Heathrow Airport in London. Exactly what caused the problems with the engines is unclear.
The former town hall of Wolvega, Friesland was destroyed in a fire on Tuesday night. The upper floor of the monumental building burnt out completely, and the ground floor sustained significant damage, NU.nl reports.
The building on Heerenveenseweg is listed as a national monument. The fire was first reported around 10:15 p.m. The Fryslân fire department responded with a lot of man power. By 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, firefighters had the fire under control, though were still working on extinguishing it.
A 19-year-old man from Bavel has been in custody for three and a half months on suspicion of raping a 12-year-old girl and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. He also had nude photos of dozens of other young girls in his possession, which the authorities believe he convinced them to send him through online chats. The youngest victim is 8-years-old, BN DeStem reports.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code orange weather warning for the Netherlands' coastal provinces on Wednesday morning due to very strong winds brought by the season's first autumn storm.
The northern coastal area can see gusts of over 120 kilometers per hour, the KNMI warns. The Provinces of Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland, Friesland, Groningen and in the Wadden- and IJsselmeer areas can expect winds around 100 kilometers per hour.
The Netherlands again saw an increase in the average rent price during the first half of this year. On average, tenants who moved home paid 10.54 euros per square meter for a rental home in the free sector, 6.9 percent more than last year, according to figures from branch organization for real estate managers VGM NL and the Dutch association of real estate agents NVM, NU.nl reports.
The figures are based on on about 35 thousand free sector rental agreements on an annual basis. This includes only new rental agreements, and not tenants who stayed on in a rented property.
Sint Maarten hopes that the island can recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma within a year or two, deputy minister of the island Henrietta Doran-York said after a national council meeting in The Hague on Tuesday. She also praised the cooperation between the Netherlands and Sint Maarten in the run-up and aftermath of the hurricane, and refuted criticism about a lack of preparation for the hurricane, RTL Nieuws reports.
Drug gangs recruited teenagers from schools and youth institutions in Rotterdam on a large scale, the Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday. The teenagers were used as "runners', delivering drugs from Rotterdam to various addresses in Belgium. Dozens of teenagers from Rotterdam-Zuid have been arrested in Belgium, NOS reports
Ali Kaynak was shot and killed on Burgemeester De Vlugtlaan in Amsterdam Nieuw-West on Monday night, the police confirmed to Het Parool. The 48-year-old Dutch-Turkish man was the owner of fast food chain Halaal Fried Chicken. He was gunned down in front of his own restaurant. Sources told the newspaper that an argument about Turkish politics may be behind the shooting.
Non-existent supervision on police expenses from the police leadership and the Ministry of Security and Justice was one of the main factors that resulted in exorbitant spending by the National Police's Central Works Council (CWC), a committee led by Maarten Ruys concluded. For years the police leadership acted "insufficiently" against overruns on the CWC's budget, ANP reports.
The German A3 highway towards Arnhem will be closed for five days next week due to the discovery of what is believed to be a World War II bomb under the road, AD reports.
The road will be closed between Wessel and Hamminkeln, about 50 kilometers southeast of Arnhem, from 7:00 a.m. on Monday September 18th to 8:00 p.m. on Friday September 22nd, according to the newspaper. German media warns of long traffic jams towards the Netherlands.
A 48-year-old man who was shot in Amsterdam Nieuw-West around midnight on Monday, died of his injuries on Tuesday morning, the police confirmed. The police are looking for witnesses and anyone who took photos or recorded a video of the incident.
Thousands of high school students across the Netherlands are still waiting for their school books. School book supplier Van Dijk Educatie is struggling with major delivery problems, De Stentor reports.
Schools calling Van Dijk to complain are met with an automated message in which the company acknowledges the problems, according to the newspaper. The supplier estimates that about 7,500 high school pupils do not have their complete learning package yet. Some haven't received any books.
Dutch King Willem-Alexander is overwhelmed by the devastation Hurricane Irma left on Sint Maarten, one of the Caribbean islands that form part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. "I've never seen anything like this, everywhere you look you see destruction and upheaval", the King said from the island on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.
Eight out of ten still-working millionaires in the Netherlands are self-employed, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday. They can mainly be found in agriculture, trade, financial services and business services. 19 percent of still working millionaires are farmers.
This is based on Statistics Netherlands data dated 1 January 2015. On that date the Netherlands counted 106 thousand households with a capital of one million euros or more. About two thirds of these millionaires had work as the main source of income. The rest consists mainly of retirees.