Amsterdam

Jul 1 '13 05:13

The police has arrested four suspects of a burglary on Sunday in Amsterdam.The four men were suspects for a burglary that took place earlier on Sunday evening in Rotterdam. The arrest was not an easy job for the police, who had to do a wild chase on the A20, A4, A12 and A2.

Around half past eight the police received a telephone tip that four suspiciously behaving men moved around a house in Hoogvliet. When officers arrived on the spot, the four went off in a car at high speed.

Jun 25 '13 08:39

Amsterdam has identified 2500 ghost citizens during a  2-year investigation of addresses. The investigation of the city also revealed welfare and benefits fraud. This is evident from a coverage on Monday from RTL News.

The municipality compared 58,000 addresses from the municipal administration and addresses of benefits agency UWV. The municipality says that the number of addresses where fraud was determined was rather small, but the fraud amount per address was considerable.

Jun 21 '13 09:56

The Netherlands is taking a different approach on its housing policies. According to theguardian, around 54% of Dutch households reside in rented accommodation. Only 13% rent from private property owners.

Jun 17 '13 08:29

In a large taxi control in Amsterdam by municipal officials, in the night from Saturday to Sunday, only two taxi drivers were caught who had no taxi pass with them. In total, spread across 60 sites, 420 checks have been done.

Jun 6 '13 16:24

According to a survey performed by a consultancy company called Hendrik Beerda and Utrecht University, Amsterdam remains to be the top city in the country.

May 24 '13 06:58

Fans of television series can enjoy themselves from Friday till Sunday at the ‘Westergasfabriek’ area. The first edition of the ‘Amsterdam Series Weekend’ will be held on that location. At the venue there will be different spots where visitors can see tv series which have not been shown yet in the Netherlands as well as the first episode of series which will be shown in the coming season.

May 23 '13 08:58

More voters, than people might have thought, seem to be true believers of conspiracy theories, according to an investigation by the Free University (VU) of Amsterdam. 

Especially people who vote for PVV and SP, frequently believe in conspiracy theories. But also voters of 50Plus and the Party for the Animals (PvdD) have a tendency to believe in conspiracy theories rather than good arguments, or even scientific facts, which prove those theories to be wrong.

May 16 '13 08:41

I am traumatized by the constant yelling of the sea lion Fernandez,” says 80-year-old mrs. Nevenzeel who lives besides Artis, the Amsterdam zoo. “I am jewish by birth and now I have to hide again. I don’t open my windows and doors anymore.”  Nevenzeel contacted the State Council to change the policy of the zoo.

May 14 '13 09:24

Visitors of KunstRAI, in Amsterdam, can have a dinner with a piece of art. On a covered table they will consume a dish which is inspired by a certain piece of art. 

The KunstRAI will open its doors on Wednesday evening in the RAI building in Amsterdam. This 29th edition will be held until Monday, May 20. About 75 well-known and emerging galleries will show their art and design products. The cheaper articles will be the price range of 2000 till 5000 euro but there will be also plenty of choice of art in the price range of 10,000 euro.

May 13 '13 10:22

After years of deliberation and three and a half years of construction, the second Coentunnel and the new West Ring (Westrandweg), will finally be opened for traffic on Monday morning. Starting 5.00 am, motorists can drive through the brand new tunnel. On Thursday, Minister Melanie Schulz (Infrastructure and Traffic) will open the second Coentunnel and the West Ring.

May 13 '13 10:14

The exhibition on royal inaugurations, which shows in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam, has attracted about 3700 visitors in its first opening weekend . This was reported by a spokeswoman of the exhibition. Last Saturday the exhibition opened its doors.

‘A beautiful weekend. We are very satisfied,’  said the spokeswoman.

The exhibition is about the inaugurations of seven generations of the Orange family and will last for exactly 100 days.

May 3 '13 08:35

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan of Amsterdam said on Thursday in the Nieuwe Kerk, that the arrest of two activists on Dam Square during the abdication and inauguration is 'a serious matter'.

"It was an obvious mistake," said Van der Laan. "It was a very unfortunate combination of things. Demonstrations and freedom of expression are fundamental rights. If something goes wrong there, it hurts us very much.”

May 3 '13 04:34

One quarter of the 53 hotels in Amsterdam that were audited by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment during the crowning violated rules.

May 2 '13 17:52

The Dutch communal health service, GGD, worries about the sale of the ‘shisha-pen’, an electric fake cigarette in bright colors that is popular among children.

May 2 '13 07:57

Prime Minister Mark Rutte awarded on Thursday afternoon the first seven medals to persons who actively contributed to the smooth running of the inauguration. The medal is a tangible reminder of King Willem-Alexander's ascension to the throne.

Rutte presented the medals to representatives of emergency services, civil servants, police, military, volunteers and others. The Prime Minister handed out the medals at a meeting organized by the municipality in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. The Mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, delivered a speech there.

May 1 '13 23:00

On their first working day the new king and queen of the Netherlands said goodbye to their guests after breakfast in the Palace on de Dam in Amsterdam.

May 1 '13 14:43

Hundreds of people are standing in line to visit De Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam where the inauguration took place yesterday. The church still looks exactly the same as during the ceremony.

Apr 30 '13 18:04

The municipality of Amsterdam paid residents of houses around De Nieuwe Kerk five hundred euros per house to leave during the inauguration.

Apr 30 '13 17:14

Just after 4pm a stabbing occurred at the entrance of the Central Station in Amsterdam. One person was brought to hospital with unknown injuries.

Apr 30 '13 15:58

The police apologized for arresting two republican protestors who were protesting against the monarch on de Dam in Amsterdam. They brought them back to the center of the city.

Apr 30 '13 15:23

Willem-Alexander was inaugurated in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam as the new king of the Netherlands on Tuesday morning.

Apr 30 '13 07:43

Because of the inauguration, particularly the preparations for it, 70 cars have been towed in recent days in Amsterdam. The 70 cars were parked on streets that will be closed during the inauguration on Tuesday. This was disclosed by a spokesperson of the Department for City Surveillance on Monday.

The cars were mostly moved to a parking lot of the department at the Daniel Goedkoopstraat in Amsterdam-Oost. Their owners do not have to pay towing fees since they had already parked their car before the signs were placed.

Apr 30 '13 07:40

Despite large numbers of people who attended the festivities in the four big cities on Monday night, no serious incident was reported.

The Queen's Day eve, which was held this year for the very last time, is traditionally a night full of festivities but, unfortunately, sometimes also of much aggression and vandalism. Not this year.

Apr 29 '13 16:06

One last time will Beatrix address the country as the queen, tonight with her farewell speech. Just like her mother did 33 years ago.

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