Transavia airplanes at Schiphol
Feb 12 '20 11:40

From the end of March, Transavia will charge passengers extra for large hand luggage, the company informed its travel partners. "If our passengers want to be sure that their trolley suitcase or backpack will go with them in the cabin, it will cost 10 to 30 euros extra per return flight," a spokesperson for Transavia said to the Telegraaf.

Unhappy teenage girl
Feb 12 '20 10:50

One in five high school pupils have a family member at home with a long term illness. These pupils are more likely to struggle with psychosomatic complaints like trouble sleeping, headaches, fatigue, and nervousness than their peers. They also feel more pressured by their school work and score less well on life satisfaction and perceived health, according to a study by Social and Cultural Planning office and the VU University Amsterdam.

Wind turbines in Amsterdam
Feb 12 '20 10:00

Amsterdam plans to produce enough sustainable energy by 2030 to supply the electricity demands of 80 percent of the city's households. The Regional Energy Strategy (RES) presented by the mayor and aldermen on Wednesday shows that Amsterdam aims to generate 127 megawatts of wind energy, 400 megawatts of solar energy on large roofs, and 150 megawatts of solar energy on small roofs when the next decade arrives. 

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Feb 12 '20 09:11

There were explosions at companies in Amsterdam and Kerkrade on Wednesday morning. The Amsterdam explosion happened in the mail room of a company in the Sloterdijk area, the Kerkrade blast happened at a postal company. The police suspect mail bombs. No one was injured in either of the blasts, the Amsterdam and Limburg police said on Twitter. 

Small home for sale
Feb 12 '20 08:25

The average selling price of an owner-occupied home in the Netherlands topped 300 thousand euros for the first time ever. Existing owner-occupied homes were most expensive in Bloemendaal at 832 thousand euros on average, and cheapest in Delfzijl at 155 thousand euros on average, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry.

OOCL Rauma lost five containers in the North Sea, north of Ameland, 11 February 2020
Feb 12 '20 08:01

Cargo ship OOCL Rauma lost five containers in the North Sea, north of Ameland on Tuesday afternoon. The responding Coast Guard spotted three containers floating in the water, one of which was open. Rolls of paper was floating around it, RTL Nieuws reports.

The ship was en route from Kotka in Finland to Rotterdam. The skipper himself reported the lost cargo to the Coast Guard, which deployed an auxiliary ship and a airplane to search for the lost containers. Darkness fell before the containers could be retrieved. The search will continue on Wednesday.

Jail
Feb 12 '20 07:31

Amsterdam criminal Dennis M. died of a cardiac arrest in prison in Spain, reliable sources told AD and Het Parool. The 44-year-old man was a suspect in a large investigation around a series of underworld assassinations in Amsterdam and surrounds in 2014.

M. was a cousin and confidant of Gwenette Martha, who was assassinated in 2014, according to the newspapers. After a failed assassination attempt on Martha in December 2013, the gang around him took revenge and murdered a number of their rivals, the authorities believe.

A man and his guide dog on a train platform
Feb 11 '20 18:30

National railway NS is releasing a new app to provide better information and assistance to passengers with a visual impairment. The app takes the most current information available on platform screens and provides in a manner which can be more easily read by those who have difficulty seeing the digital boards.

“I can now determine for myself which train departs from a platform and check whether I am in the right position,” said Peter Waalboer in a press release issued by NS. He was one of the app’s early testers. “This makes my train journey a little more independent.”

Linnaeusschool in Amsterdam Oost, 11 February 2019
Feb 11 '20 17:40

The education crisis claimed another victim in Amsterdam with the announcement that the primary education provider Linnaeusschool will shut down at the end of the school year. The Amsterdam Oost school will close because of a combination too few teachers on staff, and too few pupils in the classrooms, the parent organization STAIJ told the Parool.

Jail
Feb 11 '20 16:50

Jarish K., a 21-year-old man from Zwolle, was sentenced to four years in prison and institutionalized psychiatric treatment on Tuesday for sexually exploiting at least eight minor girls on Instagram. The court considered it proven that K. convinced these girls to perform sexual acts online, De Stentor reports.

The man was convicted of human trafficking, sexual assault, threats, and possession of child pornography. His sentence is equal to what the Public Prosecutor demanded. His victims are between the ages of 12 and 14 years old and from different parts of the country.

Organ donation
Feb 11 '20 16:00

Non-religious residents of the Netherlands are more likely to be organ donors than their religious counterparts. The level of social involvement also plays a major role in the decision to donate one's organs after death, according to a study by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

Over 35 percent of people who do not identify as participating in a religion have registered as an organ donor, compared to roughly 25 percent of religious people. This also varies dramatically depending on which religion a person follows.

Sold sign
Feb 11 '20 15:10

Nearly half of tenants in the Netherlands don't think they will ever be able to buy a home, according to an international study by ING among nearly 3 thousand tenants who have never owned a home. 48 percent of Dutch tenants think they'll never buy, compared to the European average of 38 percent, RTL Nieuws reports.

Tenants in the Netherlands who think they will eventually buy a house, largely expect to only do so later in life. Only 6 percent think they will buy a house before they turn 30, and another 6 percent think they'll do so by the time they're 34.

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