The municipality of Amsterdam is taking extra measures to manage the crowds of tourists expected to visit the city over Easter weekend. Last Easter weekend 20 to 25 percent more tourists visited the Dutch capital than the year before, Het Parool reports.
Extra trams will run during Easter weekend, from March 30th to April 2nd. Lines 1, 2, 5, 5 and 9 will run on an extended timetable. The city will advice visitors with cars to park on a site on the outskirts of the city, and to use public transit from there.
The final results for Amsterdam's municipal elections are in. GroenLinks is the biggest party in the city, with 10 city council seats. And four parties will enter the Amsterdam city council for the first time - newcomers DENK, Bij1 and FVD, and ChristenUnie, AT5 and Het Parool report.
The seats in Amsterdam's city council are divided as follows:
The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences ignored complaints about a lecturer intimidating and sexually harassing students for years, the Amsterdam District Court said in a court report published on Wednesday, Het Parool reports.
Shehzad Hemani, the father of kidnapped 4-year-old Insiya, again managed to block the girl's return from India to the Netherlands. He filed charges against mother Nadia Rashid, resulting in an arrest warrant being issued against her in India - so if she goes to the country to reunite with her daughter, she will be arrested, the Telegraaf reports.
GroenLinks won big in the municipal elections and is now the largest party in cities like Amsterdam and Utrecht. With all votes in 325 out of 335 municipalities counted, it seems almost certain that the CDA will remain the biggest party in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.
In addition to the municipal elections and a referendum on a new law for the intelligence services, Weesp residents also had to vote in a referendum on whether their municipality should merge with Amsterdam or Gooise Meren on Wednesday.
An exit poll for Wednesday's city-wide elections suggested that green party GroenLinks was the big winner in Amsterdam, with enough votes to nearly double their city council seats from 6 to 11. Centrist party D66 and left-wing Labour party (PvdA) were the big losers of the night in the capital, each dropping five seats, according to the Ipsos/NOS exit poll.
A number of polling stations across the Netherlands opened late or had to move on Wednesday morning due to various problems ranging from lost keys to a virus outbreak, NOS reports.
A polling station in a residential care center in Hardegarijp, Friesland had to be relocated due to an outbreak of the noro virus, a virus that causes symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and severe abdominal cramps. The polling station was moved to center IT Maskelyn. There was already a polling station there, but its capacity has now been expanded.
For years the Amsterdam fire brigade made extra payments to staff against the rules, according to a report by the forensic investigation office Integis. A total of nearly 4 million euros was illegally paid out to firefighters and other staff members, Integis concluded after launching an investigation at the request of local safety office Veiligheidsregio Amsterdam-Amstelland.
An employee of Amsterdam water company Waternet is suspected of embezzling 1.5 million euros. In a period of around six months, he five times had 300 thousand euros deposited into his account by putting his own account number on other people's invoices, the Telegraaf reports.
On Monday morning the police arrested a man who was behaving suspiciously at kosher restaurant Ha Carmel on Amstelveenseweg in Amsterdam. Video footage shows the man screaming in front of the restaurant, NU.nl reports.
A man shot on Piet Mondriaanstraat in Amsterdam Niew-West on Thursday evening, died of his injuries. The police have not yet identified him, though local residents say he was a 19-year-old boy, Het Parool reports.
The shooting happened around 10:15 p.m., near the crossing with Jan Tooropstraat. The victim was found in front of one of the homes io the street. He was unconscious.
On Saturday March 24th, high school pupils and their families will protest in Amsterdam and The Hague to show solidarity with the March for Our Lives movement in the United States, the organizers announced in a press statement. The movement is a protest against gun violence in the U.S.
On Tuesday the police arrested four suspects in Amsterdam and Werkendam in connection with drug trade on the dark web. They acted as vendors and sent drugs to thousands of people world wide, hidden cleverly in makeup powder boxes, Nintendo games and ink cartridges, among other things, the police said in a statement on Friday.
European Parliament approved the European Medicines Agency's move from London to Amsterdam, on the condition that the authorities report on the progress of the construction of the new EMA office on Zuidas every quarter, ANP reports.
Amsterdam was rocked by two shootings within hours of each other. A man was seriously injured in a shooting in Amsterdam Nieuw-West on Thursday night. The second shooting happened in Amsterdam Noord early on Friday morning. Another man was hurt, the police said on Twitter
A baby black spider monkey was born at Artis in Amsterdam on Tuesday afternoon, the zoo announced on Thursday. The newborn monkey is doing well - it has already drunk and is holding firmly to its mother with hands and feet.
The black spider monkey is classified as a vulnerable species, due to the loss of its habitat. Over the past 45 years the the number of spider monkeys decreased by 30 percent.
Artis now has a total of six spider monkeys, three females and one male. The gender of the newborn is not yet known.
Rotterdam is the 3rd best city in Europe when it comes to equality, according to a study by online housing startup Spotahome. Amsterdam performed less well, making it to 18th place in the ranking. The Netherlands as a whole is the 7th most equal city in Europe.
The number of train tracks at Amsterdam Centraal will be reduced from the current 15 to 9, and two new train tracks will be built in Amsterdam Zuid, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure announced on Thursday, the Volkskrant reports.
The track reduction at Amsterdam Centraal forms part of major renovations at the station. By reducing the number of tracks, platforms can be widened and the capacity can increase, according to the State Secretary. The number of switches will also be reduced. More trains must thus be able to use the station in less time.
On Wednesday the police started searching a number of cellars, garages and sheds in the Amsterdam neighborhood of Wittenburg. They are looking for any suspicious situations that may have to do with recent fatal shootings in the neighborhood, Het Parool and AT5 report.
The VUmc in Amsterdam halted patient intake in its intensive care and medium care departments for 48 hours, due to an outbreak of antibiotic resistant bacteria Acinetobacter baumannii. Patients currently hospitalized in these departments can also not leave the hospital, RTL Nieuws reports.
The hospital has been struggling with this bacteria for over two weeks. "Despite strict isolation measures, intensive cleaning and extra hygiene measures in recent weeks, more infections were unfortunately found this week", the hospital said in a statement.
The Public Prosecutor demanded prison sentences of up to 30 years against the seven suspects in the mistaken identity murder of Amsterdam DJ Djordy Latumahina and the attempted murder of his girlfriend and daughter, NU.nl reports.
Primary school teachers in Noord-Holland, Utrecht and Flevoland are striking today for higher salaries and a lower workload. Thousands of teachers are expected to march through Amsterdam, from the Waterlooplein to the Museumplein, AD reports.
The march underlines that primary education is still on 'code red', according to educational organizations. They say that the quality of education is under severe pressure due to the rising teacher shortage.