Amsterdam

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Nov 15 '19 09:28

Bijenkorf is no longer immune to the ravage online shopping caused to the Dutch retail landscape. The department store chain is cutting costs to turn the tide with dozens of layoffs and the cancellation of its most expensive event of the year - Turn On The Lights in Amsterdam, Financieele Dagblad reports based on anonymous sources and a document to employees the newspaper has in its possession.

Seif Ahmed
Nov 14 '19 16:50

A man found dying of a gunshot wound in a car on Buitensingel in Amsterdam-Duivendrecht on October 1st, had a toddler in the car with him, the police announced on Thursday. The toddler was the victim's child and was unharmed in the shooting that killed the father, 34-year-old Seif Ahmed.

Ahmed was found motionless in the car at around 5:15 p.m. on October 1st. First responders discovered he had a gunshot wound. They tried to resuscitate him, but it was to no avail. He died at the scene.

Jail
Nov 14 '19 15:10

A 21-year-old man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing Amsterdam rapper Gondilio Lowland, known as Bolle. The man was convicted of manslaughter, NOS reports.

The court did not convict the man of murder, because it could not be proven that he had a premeditated plan to kill Lowland. But there is enough evidence to prove that the man was the one to shoot the 19-year-old rapper. Evidence includes surveillance camera footage, tapped conversations, and witness statements.

Kalverstraat in Amsterdam
Nov 14 '19 11:50

Amsterdam's Kalverstraat and Utrecht's Noordpassage are the busiest main shopping streets, or high streets, in the Netherlands, according to research data from Locatus. In Europe these two streets rank in 17th and 19th place respectively. The busiest shopping street in Europe is the Zeil in Frankfurt, followed by London's Oxford Street and Leicester Square in second and third place.

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Nov 13 '19 07:50

The government can solve the nitrogen emission problem by making public transit a more attractive option with a massive investment, according to NS and ProRail. The rail manager and -company propose that the government invest over 20.6 billion euros in the railways until 2040, for dozens of improvements, AD reports.

The organizations want to shorten the travel time from Leeuwarden and Groningen to the Randstad by making adjustments to the Hanze line, for example. Train journeys from Twente, Nijmegen and Vlissingen can also be up to 30 minutes faster with specific adjustments

Man wanted for knocking a train conductor unconscious at Breda station, 28 Sept 2019
Nov 12 '19 08:46

A 63-year-old train conductor was attacked from behind by a man traveling without a ticket in Breda late in September. The man hit her so hard on the back of the head that she immediately lost consciousness. The police are asking for the public's aid in identifying the suspect.

The conductor checked the man's ticket on the international train from Brussels to Amsterdam on September 28th. She found that he did not have a valid ticket. She took his ticket and told him to buy a new one in Breda. The man behaved aggressively towards the conductor and she left the coupe. 

White Opel Combo used as getaway car in the murder of Derk Wiersum, 18 September 2019
Nov 12 '19 07:54

Defense attorney Derk Wiersum was watched and followed by multiple cars weeks before he was murdered at his Amsterdam home on September 18th, the police said in a statement on Tuesday.

Europol building in The Hague
Nov 11 '19 11:45

Dutch police arrested 70 people last week in a cooperative effort to tackle those suspected of mobile banditry, a catch-all term for people who travel around to engage in criminal acts like theft, burglary, fraud, identity fraud, and drug trafficking. The suspects in these cases often work across international borders, requiring assistance from policing agencies like Europol, Interpol, and other national police forces.

The Blauwe Moskee in Amsterdam Nieuw-West
Nov 8 '19 16:55

The leader of an Amsterdam mosque believes someone with bad intentions deliberately sliced an audio cable on the building's rooftop to prevent the religious group's first call-to-prayer from being amplified by an outdoor loudspeaker. The Blauw Moskee was set to announce the beginning of a prayer service just before 1 p.m., but visitors and passers-by were met only with the street noise typical of any Amsterdam Nieuw-West neighborhood.

The Blauwe Moskee in Amsterdam Nieuw-West
Nov 8 '19 07:40

On Friday afternoon the Blauwe Moskee an Amsterdam will sound its first enhanced call to prayer. A specialized company connected the speakers and performed noise measurements on Thursday, to make sure the Adhan does not exceed any noise limits, imam Yassin Elforkani said to Het Parool.

Schiphol Amsterdam
Nov 6 '19 21:02

A massive response to an aircraft boarding at Schiphol Airport on Wednesday evening turned out to be a false alarm, according to the airline involved. The crew of an Air Europa flight to Madrid had already boarded 27 passengers when a pilot accidentally pressed the emergency distress button in the cockpit at about 6:45 p.m., the airline said.

Netherlands police uniform
Nov 6 '19 20:00

A large contingent of authorities and officers were dispatched to the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on Wednesday night because of an incident on an aircraft. "We are currently investigating a suspicious situation aboard an aircraft at Schiphol," said the Marechaussee, a branch of the Dutch military tasked with protecting airports and borders.

The incident was a false alarm, according to airline Air Europa.

Parking with special places for people with disabilities at the Isala Hospital in Zwolle
Nov 6 '19 08:12

People who regularly visit a hospital in the Netherlands spend enormous amounts on parking alone. Some lose more than a thousand euros a year in driving to and parking at the hospital. On average, one day of parking at a hospital in the Netherlands costs 8.93 euros. Amsterdam is most expensive - at the OLVG in Amsterdam Oost, parking costs 48 euros per day, AD reports based on its own research.

Primary school classroom
Nov 6 '19 07:39

More than 4 thousand schools in the Netherlands are closed today due to a large strike in primary- and secondary education. Teachers, school directors and other educational staff are striking for a structural solution against the teacher shortage in the country.

Trevor Noah
Nov 5 '19 16:50

Daily Show host Trevor Noah will perform on stage in Amsterdam next year during his Loud & Clear Tour. The 36-year-old South African comedian will make his return to the Ziggo Dome just over a year after his last appearance there, the venue said, a sell-out show that earned several glowing reviews.

Arrest
Nov 5 '19 13:30

A 34-year-old man had hydrochloric acid poured over him on Johan M. Coenenstraat in Amsterdam on Monday. A 63-year-old man was arrested on aggravated assault. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment, the police said in a statement on Tuesday.

The police responded to the scene at around 1:40 p.m. on Monday, after receiving a report of someone being doused with hydrochloric acid. When the responding officers arrived, the 63-year-old man immediately came up to them and told them that he threw hydrochloric acid into the victim's face. 

The Rotterdam skyline
Nov 5 '19 10:10

Residents of the Netherlands are the best non-native English speakers in the world, according to the EF English Proficiency Index. The residents of Rotterdam score best on their English proficiency, closely followed by Amsterdam and The Hague. 

Jail
Nov 4 '19 14:41

27-year-old Dutch athlete Madiea G. was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison for drug trafficking by the court in Kleef, Germany on Monday. The sentence is one year longer than the 7.5 years the Public Prosecutor demanded. Her lawyer indicated that they would appeal, NOS reports.

Rooftop for the new passenger tunnel from Amsterdam Zuid station across the A10 South and the railway installed, 4 November 2019
Nov 4 '19 07:32

The construction work done in Amsterdam Zuidas over the weekend was completed during the early hours of Monday morning. Parts of the A10 and A4 highways that were closed for the work, reopened slightly earlier than the planned 5:00 a.m. on Monday.

Kelvin Maynard
Nov 1 '19 16:50

Firefighters took photos of the resuscitation of former footballer Kelvin Maynard after he was shot in Amsterdam Zuidoost in September, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus said in a letter to parliament.

It is "obviously very serious," a Amsterdam-Amstelland fire department spokesperson told newspaper AD. To date, no fire fighters are known to have been disciplined over the incident.

Own a part of a demolished historic Amsterdam building
Nov 1 '19 11:00

City to give away hundreds of gables & pediment fragments

Construction crew working to install a massive rooftop for the new passenger tunnel from Amsterdam Zuid station across the A10 South and the railway, 1 Nov 2019
Nov 1 '19 07:23

Amsterdam Zuidas is unreachable by train or car today and through the weekend. People planning to go to Zuidas on Friday are urgently advised not to do so unless absolutely necessary.

The installation of a massive rooftop for the new passenger tunnel from Amsterdam Zuid station across the A10 South and the railway means that car and truck access will be severely limited during the 79-hour period, with no trains running at the area's train stations on Friday and Saturday.

Flowers at Derk Wiersum's office
Oct 31 '19 14:30

Nearly 60 percent of lawyers in the Netherlands feel more unsafe since the murder of defense attorney Derk Wiersum in Amsterdam in September, trade journal Advocatenblad reports based on its own research among the professional group. 55 percent of respondents said that they sometimes feel unsafe, 4 percent said that they regularly worry about their safety.

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Oct 31 '19 13:45

A motorist was shot at after a road rage incident in Amsterdam during the early hours of Thursday morning. No one was injured in the shooting. The police arrested two suspects.

At around 2:50 a.m. a 28-year-old driver of a blue Volkswagen Golf called the police saying that he was being chased by two men on a scooter. He had a traffic dispute with the scooter riders between Surinameplein and Overtoom. He saw a gun, the motorist said.

While he was on the phone with the police, the men on the scooter shot at the car. This happened on Houtmankade. The motorist was not hit.

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