Amsterdam

Tram at Amsterdam Central Station, 23 Jan 2019
Oct 3 '19 11:00

Amsterdam plans to restrict cars in the city even more in order to keep the city accessible and reduce emissions. The Amsterdam office of mayor and aldermen presented a 'Car-less Agenda' with 27 measures to reduce car traffic in the city. The package of measures is mainly focused on investing in public transit and improving bicycle and pedestrian connections, NOS reports.

Sail to the COP
Oct 2 '19 14:15

A group of 36 young people departed from Amsterdam by sailboat on Tuesday afternoon, heading towards the UN Climate Summit in Chile. With their six to eight week-long journey to the South American country, the team wants to draw attention to a climate-neutral future for travel. 

University of Amsterdam
Oct 2 '19 13:10

Students and educators at the University of Amsterdam will get an extra vacation week added to their calendar starting with the 2020-2021 academic year. The free week will take place every year at the end of April or early May beginning in 2021.

Cash seized in a Colombian cocaine investigation
Oct 1 '19 22:25

Amsterdam police investigating an international cocaine ring found 12.8 million euros in cash. Police said the wrapped bundles of paper money was a "record amount", seized over two weeks ago during a search of five homes on September 12.

Seven people were arrested at four of the homes, including two Colombian women and a Colombian man, two Albanian men, a man from Morocco, and another from New Zealand. 

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Oct 1 '19 20:20

One person died in a shooting in Duivendrecht on Tuesday evening, and hours after the victim was found police had still not revealed if the man was killed as part of a crime.

Authorities first received a call about the victim just before 5:25 p.m. from the Buitensingel, an area bordered on the west by the A2, and to the east by the train tracks leading to the Duivendrecht train station.

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Sep 30 '19 16:45

A hand grenade was found outside of nightclub The Box on Mekongweg in Amsterdam-West early on Saturday morning. The area around the club was closed down for some time while the Ministry of Defense's explosive removal department disarmed and disposed of the device.

The grenade was found at around 4:30 a.m. The club was empty at the time, the police said in a statement.

An image of world air pollution taken by Dutch space instrument Tropomi
Sep 30 '19 15:30

The latest images from Dutch space instrument Tropomi, which maps air pollution around the globe, shows that India is the new top polluter in the world. Also, research shows that the Netherlands has one of the highest concentrations of nitrogen dioxide in Europe, Pieternel Levelt, head of satellite observation at Dutch meteorological institute KNMI and professor at TU Delft, said to newspaper AD. 

90 Groningen football fans arrested on Scheldeplein in Amsterdam before a match between Ajax and FC Groningen, 28 Sept 2019
Sep 30 '19 14:40

A total of 90 football supporters from Groningen were arrested in Amsterdam before the match between Ajax and FC Groningen on Saturday. According to the police, the Groningen supporters came to Amsterdam to start a fight with Ajax supporters. They were each fined 120 euros and released after the match, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service in Amsterdam said to AD on Sunday.

Ribbons and messages praising Derk Wiersum
Sep 30 '19 11:20

The police believe that a white delivery van was used as a getaway car after the murder of lawyer Derk Wiersum outside his home on Imstenrade in Amsterdam. Witness statements and video footage showed a white vehicle "similar to a Fiat Doblo" driving away from the area immediately after Wiersum was gunned down on Sepember 18th, the police said on Sunday.

Fire truck at the port of Amsterdam
Sep 30 '19 10:28

In a radio interview with Amsterdam fire brigade commander Leen Schaap about systemic racial and gender bias in the fire department, Schaap claimed that Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema found a common racist joke in the fire department "funny" and "hilarious". Halsema's office disputed Schaap's claim. Schaap said to radio program This American Life that the joke in question involves the a racial slur often made against people of color in the Amsterdam fire department.

Emergency services at the scene of a failed ATM bombing on Van Limburg Stirumstraat in Amsterdam, 30 Sept 2019
Sep 30 '19 08:11

An explosive was left in an ATM on Van Limburg Stirumstraat in Amsterdam after a failed ATM bombing during the early hours of Monday morning. The Ministry of Defense's explosive removal department is at the scene. The police asked residents of surrounding homes to stay inside.

The police reported the discovery of the explosive at around 7:00 a.m. on Monday. The ATM is located next to a supermarket. 

Bisnoepersad 'Roy' Hari
Sep 27 '19 14:30

The police in Suriname are looking for two Dutch men of Surinamese descent who disappeared in the country ten days ago. The missing men are Bisnoepersad 'Roy' Hari and Romeo Donk. The local police think that the men's disappearances are connected, and fear that they have been murdered, police spokesperson Humphrey Naarden said to the Telegraaf.

Hari's burnt out car was found outside the Surinamese capital of Paramaribo shortly after his disappearance on September 17th.

Flowers at Derk Wiersum's office
Sep 27 '19 10:29

After the murder of defense attorney Derk Wiersum in front of his Amsterdam home last week, the city is offering extra security to a large number of people. Many also connected to the case around alleged drug gang leader Ridouan Taghi. This extra security is necessary, but comes at the expense of Amsterdam's police capacity, mayor Femke Halsema and Jan Pronker of the Amsterdam police said in a city council debate on Thursday.

Empty classroom
Sep 27 '19 08:31

The teacher shortage in the Netherlands claimed its first victim. Primary school 16e Montessori in Amsterdam Zuidoost is closing because it doesn't have enough teachers to guarantee quality education. Parliamentarians are shocked. The PVV and PvdA want to debate this with Minister Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Education next week, Het Parool reports.

Eurostar train
Sep 26 '19 16:40

From next year the Eurostar train will run directly between London and Amsterdam and Rotterdam, instead of the current arrangement in which travelers leaving the Netherlands have to change trains and go through passport checks in Brussels.

Femke Halsema
Sep 26 '19 12:28

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema's 15-year-old son will not be prosecuted for illegal firearm possession. The Public Prosecution Service (OM) referred his case to Halt, where he will likely get community service, his lawyer Peter Plasman said to ANP.

Netherlands police uniform
Sep 26 '19 08:40

The police want 445 extra police officers for a Narcotics Unit aimed at tackling organized crime, is stated in provisional plans from the judiciary and police that Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security is currently considering, AD reports.

Forensic investigators at the scene of a fatal shooting on De Clercqstraat, 13 May 2015
Sep 26 '19 08:18

The number of people killed in a crime in the Netherlands last year decreased by a quarter compared to 2017. Last year 119 people were victims of murder or manslaughter, 39 fewer than in 2017, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. Of the 119 victims, 19 did not live in the Netherlands.

Police at Derk Wiersum shooting scene
Sep 25 '19 11:10

The police are still no closer to catching the man who gunned down defense lawyer Derk Wiersum in front of his home in the Buitenveldert neighborhood of Amsterdam last week Wednesday. On Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday, the police called on witnesses to come forward, especially people who noticed anything out of the ordinary in the neighborhood in the weeks before the shooting. 

Persian cat found dumped in Amsterdam Zuidoost, 22 Sept 2019
Sep 24 '19 09:19

Employees of he Animal Ambulance in Amsterdam were horrified when a Persian cat was found alive, and dumped in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Sunday. The cat was found in a box among rubbish, covered in filth and excrement, and too scared to move, the Animal Ambulance said on its website. 

Body guard
Sep 24 '19 08:01

After the murder of defense lawyer Derk Wiersum in Amsterdam last week, extra security measures were taken for dozens of people. These include judges and prosecutors involved in the case against Ridouan Taghi or related cases, sources told NOS.

Dam tot Damloop runners on Nieuwe Leeuwarderweg
Sep 23 '19 18:40

The use of cold water baths in the unseasonably warm Dam tot Dam run between Amsterdam and Zaandam on Sunday was very successful. Overheating runners could quickly dunk in the bath and cool down. "I don't rule out that it saved lives", Ron van der Jagt, director of organizer Le Champion, said to RTL Nieuws.

Cocktails
Sep 20 '19 15:00

While alcohol remains the number one cause of addiction problems in Amsterdam,young adult residents of the capital are drinking less than they did in 2000. There are also fewer smokers, though cocaine use increased, according to the newest Antenna, an annual study by Jellinek and Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences into the alcohol and drug use of Amsterdam young adults, Het Parool reports.

Police forensics at Derk Wiersum shooting scene
Sep 20 '19 08:12

A special anti-drug unit, based on the American Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will be established in the Netherlands, Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus announced on Thursday after the murder of defense lawyer Derk Wiersum in Amsterdam. But more than that will be needed in the fight against organized crime, Eirk Heijdelberg, director of Willem Schrikker Youth Protection, said to broadcaster NOS.

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