Amsterdam

Fred Teeven
May 28 '14 13:58

Families seeking asylum with young children, or single minors seeking asylum in the Netherlands will no longer be locked up in jail. State secretary for Security and Justice, Fred Teeven, has told Parliament that he is going to come with a new location.

May 27 '14 18:47

Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Utrecht consistently show up in the top ten cities for average drug use, according to a new study published today. The research looked at wastewater samples taken in 45 different cities or city districts between 2011 and 2013, with samples analyzed for cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, MDMA (ecstasy) and THC from marijuana use. Samples were taken over a one-week period in each year.

Café de Ceuvel
May 27 '14 15:46

A new café is in the final stages of being built, and is almost ready for business. De Ceuvel in Amsterdam-North just needs to gather a little more money before it hopes to be the first fully-sustainable café, Het Parool.

Concertgebouw
May 27 '14 14:05

Cultural institutions in Amsterdam are launching a new initiative to attract more attention from the public. Today, they are unveiling the umbrella-platform 'Public', which around 30 concert halls, picture houses, museums and theaters have linked themselves to.

May 23 '14 15:30

The notorious criminal Gwenette Martha, who was assassinated on Thursday, asked the police for protection half a year ago. The police refused, however, Martha's lawyer Nico Meijering says, the Telegraaf reports.

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May 23 '14 15:09

To stop a new wave of criminal youths, chief detective Marjolein Smit from Amsterdam is proposing a new, broader scale of punishments and measures. Rather than community Smit, young peoples' driver's licenses should be taken away.

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May 21 '14 15:37

One of the suspects in the violent robbery on a branch of cash transport company Brinks in 2011 was caught in Rabat, Morocco. A spokesperson from the Public Prosecution Authority in Amsterdam has confirmed this with press agency Novum.

Amsterdam
May 20 '14 11:15

The D66, VVD, SP and GroenLinks are going to see whether they can form a coalition for the Amsterdam municipal council. This was advised by Roger van Boxtel (D66) and Arjan Vliegenthart (SP), who were appointed as advisors last week,

Amsterdam City Hall
May 19 '14 14:56

Several hundred civil servants from the municipality of Amsterdam have staged a strike on Monday. They are protesting in front of City Hall for a pay rise. The strike will last two hours, says Fred Bos of the union Abvakabo FNV, het Parool reports.

May 16 '14 11:53

Dutch food watchdog, Foodwatch, have announced that they are going to demand openness around the meat scandal, and will serve slaughterhouse Van Hattem BV with an injunction, they write on their website.

Teacher
May 15 '14 10:30

Hundreds of teachers and staff in intermediate vocational education institutions are going on strike Thursday.

May 15 '14 09:38

The Public Prosecution Authority (OM) has transferred the criminal file of Hamza B., who is a suspect in the Staatsliedenbuurt execution case in Amsterdam, to Moroccan authorities. On Wednesday, B. attempted to convince the court to prevent the Department of Justice from delegating his case to Morocco though an emergency procedure.

May 15 '14 09:09

Police and the Public Prosecution Authority (OM) have re-opened investigations into the case around the former owner of the Hofnarretje child daycare center, Albert Drent, sources tell the NOS.

May 13 '14 07:58

At least one voter in Amsterdam has received two voter passes for the European Parliament elections on the 22nd of May. The Financieele Dagblad (FD) reports that there might be more cases.

A so-called Container Town
May 12 '14 15:05

Rotterdam's plans for a Container Town where the city's asocial families will be placed is meant to serve as a harmless solution to a nuisance problem. According to experts, however, such 'aso-villages' won't solve anything.

May 12 '14 08:42

The home of Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan was damaged on Sunday night. Unknown vandals broke the windows in the night. Police hope to find the culprits with the help of security footage.

May 9 '14 17:27

Despite a large public battle to relax, or at least modify requirements for children in the Netherlands to be granted asylum, the current government will not take on the issue. The decision was announced by VVD member Fred Teeven, the State Secretary of Security and Justice.

Amsterdam
May 9 '14 13:22

GroenLinks has left the debate table, leaving a space for the D66 to decide whether or not the PvdA is still going to be left out of the city government.

A so-called Container Town
May 9 '14 09:02

The city of Rotterdam is planning to construct an area outside the city in which asocial families will be placed in twenty containers. Leader of Leefbaar Rotterdam, Joost Eerdmans, says that families who are "too intelligent for the psychiatric clinic, not criminal enough for jail, but too dangerous for the neighborhood" will be made to live in this Container Town.

May 8 '14 12:13

World-renowned Amsterdam tattoo artist Henk Schiffmacher wants to make it possible to preserve tattooed skin, and set up a donor codicil that would allow people to give these pieces to family or collectors, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.

May 8 '14 08:34

Dozens of mayors have signed a letter supporting the assertion of Children’s Ombudsman Marc Dullaert that too many kids are refused asylum in the Netherlands. Bunnik mayor Hans Martijn Ostendorp let the call to action, which was supported by mayors across the Netherlands. The letter is being sent to Fred Teeven, the State Secretary for Security and Justice (VVD).

May 7 '14 15:01

The municipality of Amsterdam is conducting magisterial procedures to recover the excess living benefits paid out last year through a Service Tax blunder. Dozens of thousands of Amsterdam residents received big amounts of money through this mistake, and now 152 households are refusing to pay back, het Parool reports.

May 7 '14 11:18

Squatters in the Valreep squat on the Polderweg in Amsterdam East are heavily resisting their forced eviction from the building. Because they have been organizing several actions, they do not see the justification in being told to leave the old animal sanctuary before the 21st of July, AT5 reports.

Apr 30 '14 13:33

The Public Prosecution Authority (OM) will give €10,000 for the tip that leads to the arrest of the man who killed Amsterdam bar owner Kenneth Renaldo Richards in January.

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