Amsterdam

Amsterdam
Apr 16 '19 12:40

Last year Amsterdam counted more than 10 thousand homes with a value of at least one million euros, 34 percent more than in 2017. The 10 streets in the Netherlands with the most homes worth over a million euros, are all located in Amsterdam, according to figures from real estate company Calcasa, Het Parool reports.

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Apr 15 '19 14:20

The Dutch immigration and naturalization service was justified in its decision to revoke the residency permit of Iraqi man Vino H., the court in Groningen ruled. The 29-year-old man was convicted of killing a 96-year-old Amsterdam woman, affectionately known as Oma Toni.

Jet Airways
Apr 15 '19 13:30

Jet Airways is canceling more flights to and from Amsterdam. All flights between Schiphol and India scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are canceled, the financially troubled Indian airline confirmed to NL Times in a statement. 

Jet Airways flies between Amsterdam and Bengaluru (commonly known as "Bangalore"), Delhi, and Mumbai in India, and also Toronto, Canada. The airline suspended the route between Amsterdam and Toronto on April 11th "until further notice", a Jet Airways spokesperson said to NL Times by email.

Amsterdam police on Dam Square ahead of the Champions League quarter finals match between Ajax and Juventus, 10 April 2019
Apr 15 '19 11:00

Amsterdam asked the COT, its institute for security- and crisis management, to conduct an independent investigation into the police's actions before the Champions League quarter final between Ajax and Juventus last week Wednesday, the city said in a press release.

Hugo de Jonge
Apr 15 '19 09:17

The Dutch government is preparing more housing and counseling for victims of human trafficking, Minister Hugo de Jonge of Public Health, Welfare and Sports announced. A total of 36 new reception centers will be opened in five municipalities this year.

Entrance to parking in front of the NH Barbizon Palace in Amsterdam
Apr 15 '19 08:20

Amsterdam implemented its massive parking rate increase on Sunday, thereby cementing the city's position as the most expensive Dutch city to park in. From now on, parking in the city center costs 7.50 euros per hour, instead of 5 euros, NOS reports.

Hospital room
Apr 12 '19 08:02

Sixteen Dutch students were hospitalized in the Italian city of Milan to be treated for an unknown virus. All of them have since been discharged. It is not yet known what caused the students to fall ill, team leader Stephan Wiele of the Amsterdam Wood- and Furnishing College said to NU.nl.

Crime scene tape
Apr 11 '19 10:20

A man was found dead on Standerdmolen in Amsterdam Noord on Tuesday evening. The police are investigating what happened to him.

Emergency services responded to the scene at around 6:00 p.m. after the police received a report of a wounded man on the street. By the time they arrived, the man was already dead.

The cause of the man's death is not yet clear. The police are investigating. 

Amsterdam police on Dam Square ahead of the Champions League quarter finals match between Ajax and Juventus, 10 April 2019
Apr 11 '19 07:42

The Amsterdam police carried out charges before the Champions League quarter final match between Ajax and Juventus at the Johan Cruijff Arena on Wednesday evening. Over 30 football supporters were arrested. Earlier in the day the police arrested over a hundred armed Italian supporters. The total number of arrests came to more than 140, NU.nl reports.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Apr 9 '19 17:20

A flight attendant was stopped by police at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on Tuesday under suspicion of consuming too much alcohol. The 26-year-old purser was already on board a foreign airline’s plane when he was confronted by authorities, police said.

Police subjected the suspect to a breath analysis, which came back with a reading of 260 micrograms per liter of breath. Authorities converted this to the stricter blood alcohol concentration of .06, which is three times the legal limit for aircraft personnel.

Bananas
Apr 9 '19 16:00

The Netherlands first real Banana Bar will be open for one day only in Amsterdam on April 17th, National Banana Day. To be clear: at this pop-up Banana Bar you can exchange leftover or over-ripe bananas for banana bread. 

The Banana Bar pop-up is the initiative of Amsterdam banana bread startup SUNT. The company hopes that the initiative will draw attention to food waste. Bananas are on top of the list of the world's most thrown away product. Every year around 75 billion, perfectly edible, bananas are thrown away, according to Marie Claire.

Amsterdam
Apr 9 '19 14:20

Expats and foreign students are a big driving force behind the spike in Amsterdam housing prices, ING's economic office said in a report. Housing prices in Amsterdam increased by an average of 70 percent since the low point on the housing market in 2013, compared to the national average of 30 percent.

A train pulled down part of the overhead line on the tracks between Weesp and Amsterdam-Zuid, 9 April 2019
Apr 9 '19 11:00

Train traffic on a number of busy routes in the Randstad is heavily disrupted on Tuesday due to a broken overhead line on the tracks between Weesp and Amsterdam-Zuid. The problems will persist until at least 5:00 p.m., according to NS.

Volkswagen Caddy crashed into De Telegraaf building on Basisweg in Amsterdam, 26 July 2018
Apr 8 '19 10:00

The Amsterdam police arrested suspects at various locations on Monday morning in the ongoing investigation into an attack on the building housing newspaper De Telegraaf in June last year. More details will be released during the course of the day, the police said on Twitter. 

A scooter rider and several bicyclists approach a snorfiets checkpoint in Amsterdam Centrum, 8 April 2019
Apr 8 '19 07:51

All types of scooters, even the slower ones with blue license plates, are banned from most Amsterdam bike paths from today. But the ban, as well as the obligation to wear a helmet, will not be immediately enforced. The 500 enforcement officers in the Dutch capital are threatening to strike if the municipality does not meet their demand for better equipment, the Volkskrant reports.

Inside the Mad Fox club under the W Hotel Amsterdam
Apr 5 '19 22:53

An explosion at the Mad Fox club early Friday morning was caused by a live hand grenade. There were no injuries reported in the incident, but it was followed up by another report later in the day of a hand grenade seen in front of the club's front door.

Amsterdam's mayor, Femke Halsema, ordered the club shut down, according to a statement from her office released late on Friday. The Spuistraat club is located underneath the luxury W Hotel in Amsterdam. It will be kept closed for an indefinite period of time to protect the peace.

Scooter ban on a
Apr 5 '19 15:51

After years of city hall discussions and coy council debates with the national government, Amsterdam's ban against scooters using bike paths goes into effect on Monday. The new traffic rules stipulate that all scooter users, including those riding slower vehicles with blue license plates, will have to wear a helmet and drive on the street.
Scooter users violating the new rules will face a 95 euro fine, plus administration fees.

BBC broadcasting house in Bristol
Apr 4 '19 12:43

The BBC will move some of its television channels to either Amsterdam or Brussels if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union with no deal in place. Up to five BBC jobs will be located in the city that is chosen. BBC director Tony Hall told the Commons Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday that no decision about the new destination has been made yet, the Mirror reports.

Sold sign in front of a home
Apr 4 '19 12:00

The housing ratio - the total housing costs as a percentage of disposable income - was higher for tenants in the Netherlands than for homeowners last year. Tenants spent an average of 38.1 percent of their disposable income on housing costs, while homeowners spent an average of 29 percent, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. 

Femke Halsema
Apr 4 '19 11:10

Shop keepers in Amsterdam who receive large amounts in cash as payment from customers, will soon have to report it to the municipality. That is one of the measures Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema announced in the city's fight against undermining crime, RTL Nieuws reports.

Retailers already have to report unusual transactions if they receive cash payments of more than 10 thousand euros. Halsema wants to lower that amount to 1 thousand euros. The mayor hopes that this will help in the fight against money laundering, which is often a companion to more serious crimes.

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Apr 2 '19 07:42

The diocese of Haarlem wants priest Pierre Valkering to temporarily lay down his priestly duties. On Sunday the Amsterdam priest came out of the closet during a mass in honor of his 25 year anniversary at the Vredeskerk in the Dutch capital, NOS reports.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Apr 1 '19 08:52

A 17-year-old boy was injured in a stabbing incident on Johan van Hasseltweg in Amsteram Noord on Sunday. He was taken to hospital with unknown injuries, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.

The boy was stabbed multiple times in the back, according to NU.nl. A police spokesperson told the newspaper that no arrests have been made. The police are looking for witnesses.

The stabbing happened during a fight near bus stop 112, according to the newspaper. Around 20 or 30 people were involved in the brawl. 

Dutch police officer
Mar 28 '19 17:45

The Amsterdam mayor, police and Public Prosecution Service will further tighten the approach to ending ethnic profiling by the police, following a report by Bureau Beuke that the current approach is insufficient, AD reports.

Tulips in Amsterdam
Mar 28 '19 15:30

In the coming weeks Amsterdam will be extra bright and colorful thanks to over half a million tulips. The fifth Tulip Festival Amsterdam kicked off on Thursday and from this weekend the tulips should be visible in around 90 locations in the city, in the open ground and in pots, Het Parool reports.

The festival kicked off on Apollolaan on Thursday, where 25 thousand sustainably grown tulip bulbs were planted in November. The start included the baptism of a white 'Peace' tulip, in honor of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's bed-in protest in the nearby Hilton Hotel 50 years ago. 

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