Amsterdam

Fallen tree branches in Amsterdam Oost after a thunderstorm, 6 June 2019
Jun 6 '19 15:10

Severe thunderstorms that hit the Netherlands on Tuesday and Wednesday nights caused a lot of damage throughout the country.

Oedipus brewery's Mannen Liefde in front of Heineken
Jun 6 '19 14:30

Heineken bought a minority share in Amsterdam craft brewery Oedipus, the two companies announced. Specific details about the deal - like how big the Heineken share is and what the Dutch beer giant paid for it - were not revealed, ANP reports.

Oedipus was established in an Amsterdam kitchen in 2011. In 2015 the company opened its own brewery, with a bar attached. Oedipus will remain an independent brewery with its owners leading the business. But Heineken's shares mean that the small craft brewery can make use of Heineken's knowledge on beer and brewing techniques.

Firefighters working to clear fallen trees and branches from the N522 in Noord-Holland, 6 June 2019
Jun 6 '19 07:40

A second night of thunderstorms resulted in reports of damages and flooding throughout the Netherlands. Five people were injured in Amsterdam during the storm. One of them was hit by a falling tree. None of the injuries are very serious, NOS reports. 

FlixBus
Jun 5 '19 12:24

A Flixbus bus on its way from Munich to Amsterdam collided with a truck in Germany during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Seven people were injured, three of whom seriously. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can not yet say whether any of the victims are Dutch, RTL Nieuws reports.

Job hunting
Jun 5 '19 11:00

A total of 3.3 million new jobs were created in the Netherlands between 2014 and 2017, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday. In Amsterdam, youth unemployment nearly halved over the past our years. Last year 6.2 percent of young people between the ages of 15 to 26 years in Amsterdam were unemployed, compared to 13.3 percent in 2014, the city said in a press statement.

Jun 4 '19 14:50

Motorists in The Hague face the most delays due to traffic jams in the Netherlands, according to calculations by navigation system maker TomTom. In The Hague, motorists on average have to take 28 percent extra travel time into account, Hart van Nederland reports.

That means that a trip that should take an hour, on average takes Hague motorists an hour and 17 minutes. During evening rush hour, a one-hour ride takes almost 40 minutes longer. In one year, the average motorist in The Hague loses 130 hours in traffic.

Jun 3 '19 15:10

The Dutch and German police have their hands full with Dutch criminals committing ATM bombings in Germany. In the first four months of this year, Dutch suspects were linked to 82 ATM bombings on German territory. Last year the cooperation between the two police forces resulted in the arrest of 98 suspects in the Netherlands, 49 of whom are suspected of ATM bombings in Germany, AD reports.

In the Netherlands, 33 ATMs were blown open so far this year. 

Police officers on the street
Jun 3 '19 12:39

Two people including an innocent bystander were left injured over the weekend in a string of unrelated violent shooting incidents. Guns were fired in Eindhoven, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam in the days following a fatal shooting in Utrecht, and another crime involving a hand grenade took place in Vianen. Several weapons were also seized in a bust in Rotterdam.

Scooter ban on a
Jun 3 '19 09:19

Amsterdam will start fining scooter- and moped riders caught driving on the city's bike paths on Monday. The city banned scooters and mopeds from the bicycle paths in April, but postponed imposing fines for two months to give everyone time to get used to the new rules, RTL Nieuws reports.

Kids on a field trip
May 31 '19 12:50

Amsterdam is making sure that all kids, regardless of their family's financial position, can participate in field trips, class parties, sports days and other extracurricular activities. From this coming school year, kids from low income families at all primary schools in the city can swipe their City Pass when it is time for the voluntary parent contribution for such activities. The municipality will then pay 50 euros contribution to the school per swiped City Pass, Amsterdam said in press statement.

Enforcement officers in Amsterdam, 7 May 2017
May 30 '19 09:00

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema agreed to equip enforcers working in the city with pepper spray. She submitted a request to Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security to approve this, NU.nl reports.

Amsterdam
May 29 '19 14:45

Amsterdam is changing its Housing Regulations in an effort to tackle the problems in the local housing market. Some of the main changes proposed for 2020 include a quota on Bed & Breakfasts, banning holiday rentals in certain areas, giving young locals and healthcare and education staff priority for rental housing, and limiting room-based rentals to create more space for families, the city said in a press release. 

The Dutch police take down illegal dark web trading site Hansa, 20 Jul 2017
May 28 '19 15:20

The Public Prosecutor demanded 6.5 years in prison against three men suspected of large-scale drug trafficking through the Hansa Market on the dark web in court on Monday. A female suspect is facing 2 years in prison, eight months of which conditionally suspended. 

A Red Cross volunteer explaining a nationwide public transit strike to tourists at a largely deserted Amsterdam Central Station, 28 May 2019
May 28 '19 12:00

The public transit strike left train stations throughout the Netherlands largely deserted on Tuesday morning. People gathered in the stations were largely tourists who did not know about the strike.

Tourists Rachel, Angie, and Acqua were caught by surprise when they arrived at Amsterdam Central Station. They have a hotel booked in Rotterdam. A volunteer from Red Cross explained the strike to them.

Cyclists using the IJtunnel to get from Amsterdam Noord to Centrum, 28 May 2019
May 28 '19 10:30

Due to a nationwide public transit strike in the Netherlands on Tuesday, Dutch had to make alternative arrangements to get to work, school or university. Schiphol CEO Dick Benschop decided to spend the night at the airport, instead of risking not being able to reach it on Tuesday. 

Schiphol passengers train tickets
May 26 '19 16:21

Trains must continue to take passengers to and from Schiphol Airport during a national public transit strike scheduled for Tuesday, a court in the Netherlands ruled on Sunday. Though buses, subways and trams will grind to a halt, the transportation unions were ordered to ensure that at least four trains per hour will run each way between Amsterdam Centraal and Schiphol.

The IJ tunnel in Amsterdam
May 23 '19 15:40

The city of Amsterdam could open the IJ Tunnel to bicycle traffic on Tuesday as a measure to combat the impact in the capital city of the national public transit strike. The tunnel is normally used as a throughway exclusively for motor vehicle traffic between Amsterdam Noord and Centrum.

Amsterdam
May 23 '19 13:10

A majority of the Amsterdam city council wants to investigate whether it can get a "decent" competitor for Airbnb and Booking.com on the market that does adhere to the city's rules on holiday rentals, was revealed during a council meeting on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

Fireworks debris
May 23 '19 09:36

The police, Dutch mayors and various large companies issued a joint call on the Dutch government to ban firecrackers and rockets. They want to uphold the tradition of lighting your own fireworks over New Year's, but only with "safe decorative fireworks", they said in a full-page advertisement that will soon appear in national newspapers, RTL Nieuws reports.

Erxinio Luntungan
May 23 '19 08:49

The police are looking for 20-year-old Erxinio Luntungan in connection with a fatal shooting in an Amsterdam parking garage over the weekend. The police believe Luntungan was the one who fired the gunshots that killed Orpheo Gefferie, a 25-year-old father from Almere, in a parking garage on Amstelstraat on Saturday morning.

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May 22 '19 11:00

The police in Amsterdam managed to identify the suspected gunman in a fatal shooting at a parking garage in Amsterdam over the weekend. They call on the suspect to turn himself in. If he doesn't do so by the end of Wednesday, the police will make his identity public.

Bikes pared on an Amsterdam bridge
May 21 '19 13:10

Domestic tourism in the large Dutch cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht increased by 54 percent since 2012. This seems to show that Dutch are not very sensitive to the consequences of mass tourism and therefore avoiding the large cities, ABN Amro's economic office reported on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

Gavel with lady justice in the background
May 20 '19 17:10

One of the suspects in an attack on media outlet Panorama in Amsterdam last year, partially confessed to his role in the attack. During the trial against the three suspects on Monday, 26-year-old Mike van den B. told the court that he was there when a rocket launcher was fired at the building on Teleportboulevard in Amsterdam-Sloterdijk, but that he didn't know that it was going to happen, AD reports.

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May 19 '19 11:30

An argument at a pay terminal inside a parking garage erupted in gunfire, leaving one young man badly wounded. The man, identified by family as Orpheo Gefferie, died from his injuries at an area hospital, police said.

The mother of his seven-year-old child called Gefferie "the best dad" their son could have had. "We will forever love you," she said on social media.

Gefferie, from Almere, was identified by police as being 26, although at least one newspaper report said he was 24. He spent time traveling back and forth between his Almere home and Suriname.

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