Amsterdam

The Uber App in Paris
Jan 17 '19 18:00

A fatal traffic accident that left a 64-year-old man and his 33-year-old daughter dead was caused by an Uber driver, the ride-sharing platform reportedly confirmed to website TaxiPro. The crash happened on January 3 just after the victims dropped family off at Schiphol Airport.

Uber drivers are said to be involved in crashes that killed four people in Amsterdam over the past six weeks. The Uber driver in the January 3 crash is still in custody having allegedly used cannabis.

Red Light District in Amsterdam
Jan 17 '19 16:50

Mayor Jim Fouts of the American city of Warren is facing criticism about statements he made about a trip to Amsterdam. Speaking about the Dutch capital's Red Light District to an employee 2013, he apparently boasts that "you could get a 16-year-old girl if you wanted to". 

Amsterdam center
Jan 17 '19 14:10

The negative impact a  will have on trade and economy will cost the Amsterdam region at least 1 billion euros gross, finance alderman Udo Kock wrote in a letter to the city council, the Telegraaf reports.

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Jan 17 '19 11:36

A 9-year-old girl was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident involving a taxi in Amsterdam on Thursday morning. The police are looking for the taxi driver.

The accident happened at the intersection of Adimaal de Ruijterweg and Jan van Galenstraat at around 9:30 a.m., the police said on Twitter. The numbers on the car's blue license plate are known to the police.

A trauma helicopter responded to the scene, according to RTL Nieuws. The girl was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. 

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Jan 17 '19 08:14

Rail manager ProRail will be over the coming days, which means less train traffic to and from the airport. The rail works will take four days, starting on Thursday. On Thursday and Friday, trains from Amsterdam will still be able to reach the airport. But over the weekend there will be no train traffic to Schiphol. NS will deploy buses to replace the trains, NU.nl reports.

R. Kelly
Jan 16 '19 16:30

The person who created a said they did so because they think he is a dangerous person who should be incarcerated. Speaking exclusively to the NL Times, the initiator had quickly collected over two thousand signatures from people who agree that the controversial singer’s show in Amsterdam should be scrapped.

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Jan 15 '19 10:50

Amsterdam traffic and transport alderman Sharon Dijksma is "very concerned" about traffic safety and taxis, she said after a this weekend. "In recent times too many accidents happened where taxis are involved", Dijksma said, Het Parool reports.

Flowers and messages left at a community center in Amsterdam's Oostelijke Eilanden where 17-year-old Mohammed Bouchikhi was killed on 26 January 2018
Jan 15 '19 10:00

The municipality of Amsterdam will place a memorial stone at the Wittenburg community center to commemorate . The 17-year-old boy was gunned down at the community center, where he worked as an intern, in January last year, AT5 reports.

Mark Rutte
Jan 15 '19 08:54

Prime Minister Mark Rutte made headlines in the Washington Post with his comments about the Amsterdam "white wine sipping elite". On television program Buitenhof on Sunday, Rutte said he was irritated by the these elites who don't give American president Donald Trump a chance. According to Rutte, instead of always criticizing Trump, the Amsterdam elite should rather "make use of his presence on the playing field".

R. Kelly
Jan 14 '19 15:00

was launched on Monday to prevent R. Kelly from performing in Amsterdam later this year. Despite the furor currently surrounding the American singer over multiple allegations of sexual abuse, R. Kelly announced last week that he will be performing at The Box in Amsterdam on April 20th, RTL Nieuws reports.

Ambulance
Jan 14 '19 14:10

A 24-year-old woman died in a collision on the intersection of Poeldijkstraat and Heemstedestraat in Amsterdam Nieuw-West early on Sunday morning. She was hit by an Uber driver while cycling over the intersection at around 4:00 a.m., Het Parool reports.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate the victim, but it was to no avail. She died at the scene. The 21-year-old taxi driver was arrested and taken to a police station for questioning. The police call on witnesses to come forward.

Amsterdam subway
Jan 14 '19 12:30

Around 80 people participated in Amsterdam's "no pants subway ride" on Sunday afternoon. The rode the subway on the Noord-Zuid line without wearing pants, AT5 reports.

This phenomenon blew over from New York. It is a counter to the annual "blue Monday", supposedly the most depressing day of the year. This year blue Monday falls on  January 21st. 

"Normally I never get out of my comfort zone. So I thought, let me do something crazy", one participant said to AT5.

Crowded Amsterdam at night
Jan 14 '19 08:06

Amsterdam Ombudsman Arre Zuurmond wants to implement an age limit for visitors to the Red Light District, he said in a report on nuisance in the area. He believes that keeping children out will help reduce the problems in the area. He did not give a specific minimum age a child must be before being allowed to enter the Red Light District, AD reports.

Red Light District in Amsterdam
Jan 11 '19 10:40

, Amsterdam's sex-worker run brothel, is in desperate need of rescue. The running of a safe and financially sound prostitution business by sex workers themselves is a too ambitious project, independent investigator Corrine Dettmeijer, formerly the National Rapporteur on Human Trafficking, concluded after investigating the business.

Amsterdam center
Jan 11 '19 09:49

Norinchukin, a large Japanese bank, will open a branch in Amsterdam in order to maintain uninterrupted access to the European internal market after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, the company officially announced, ANP reports.

In the Netherlands, Norinchukin will mainly focus on project financing. The branch will initially be staffed by a team of 30 people. 

Schiphol passengers train tickets
Jan 11 '19 09:04

Schiphol will be inaccessible by train on January 19th and 20th, due to ProRail doing work on the rails around the airport. NS will deploy buses to transport passengers on those days, NU.nl reports.

ProRail will start working on the rails next week Thursday. During the first two days, trains from Amsterdam will still be able to reach Schiphol. But not on Saturday and Sunday, January 19th and 20th.

Breda station
Jan 11 '19 08:40

An international train from Brussels to Amsterdam was evacuated at Breda station at around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. A passenger overheard a conversation in French in which the word "explosive" was mentioned and called the police. After around 90 minutes of investigation, the police concluded that it was a false alarm, AD reports.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Jan 11 '19 08:19

One person was injured in a shooting in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Thursday night. The victim was taken to hospital with unknown injuries, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.

The shooting happened just after 11:00 p.m. near Karspeldreef. So far no arrests were made.

The police are investigating what happened and call on witnesses to come forward. 

Albert Heijn
Jan 10 '19 13:45

Supermarket chain Albert Heijn will start offering hot meal delivery from Friday - the first Dutch supermarket to do so. Initially Albert Heijn will only deliver freshly made meals in a certain area in Amsterdam. Deliveries will be handled by Thuisbezorgd.nl and Deliveroo, NU.nl reports.

"We see an increasing demand among our customers for good meals, like you would make yourself, without having to go into the kitchen", said Marit van Egmond, Albert Heijn's director of commerce. The company described this as the next step in food service.

Sold sign in front of a home
Jan 10 '19 13:00

The Dutch housing market is still overheated, but is cooling down slightly in the most heated parts of the market, realtors association NVM concludes based on the sales figures for the last quarter of 2018. "In some regions and especially in Amsterdam we see that the ceiling of continuous price increases is slowly being reached", NVM chairman Ger Jaarsma said, NOS reports.

Hard hat
Jan 9 '19 16:10

The four large Dutch cities - Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague - will have the opportunity to present their wish lists in the area of mobility and housing during a special meeting with the government next week. This meeting will happen with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Ministers Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs and Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure in Utrecht on Wednesday, sources in The Hague confirmed to AD after reports in NRC.

Roetersstraat in Amsterdam
Jan 9 '19 14:30

The madness on the Amsterdam housing market seems to have reached a new low point with an ad for a room for rent on Kamernet.nl, which RTL Nieuws discovered. The six square meter room was advertised for 878 euros per month. The ad has since been removed.

Rainbow flag flying at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in protest against the Nashville declaration, 7 Jan 2019
Jan 9 '19 12:50

The Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam is considering taking steps against Piet de Vries. The theology lecturer compared the gender discussion with the situation in the Second World War, when the Nazi ideology was "forced upon the Netherlands". The board of the university announced that it will have a firm talk with the man and take appropriate action, NU.nl reports.

Amsterdam flies the rainbow flag in protest against the anti-LGBTQ Nashville declaration
Jan 9 '19 09:29

LGBTQ interest group COC is organizing a "Celebration of Love" in Amsterdam on Wednesday in response to the Dutch translation of the so-called Nashville declaration, which was Mayor Femke Halsema will speak at the event, AT5 reports.

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