Amsterdam

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Jul 26 '19 14:20

NS is running fewer intercity trains on Friday due to the heat. Prolonged exposure to the high temperatures means that trains need to be serviced more often, and that the maintenance takes longer to perform, a spokesperson for the Dutch rail company said to AD.

Female-female couples in Japanese macaque groups
Jul 26 '19 12:40

During Pride Amsterdam this coming week, Artis zoo will showcase how sexually diverse nature is with guided tours of bisexual penguins, fish that change sex, and male bird flocks that raise chicks together. The annual Pride Lecture will also focus on this. "Different sexual preferences, alternating couples, gender changes or the lack of gender: nothing is alien to the animal, plant and microbial kingdoms", Artis said in a press release.

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Jul 26 '19 11:50

Amsterdam is preparing for Pride Amsterdam, which starts in the city on Saturday. The Pride Walk on Saturday will be dedicated to murdered Russian LGBTQ activist Yelena Grigoryeva. During the Canal Parade next Saturday, the city is blocking off a total of 700 meters of quays due to concerns that they may collapse under the masse of spectators. 

Jul 26 '19 08:33

In 2014 healthcare organization Cordaan made a group of mentally disabled clients sign a gag order promising not to talk about the financial, mental and physical abuse they suffered under the organization's care, Cordaan director Ronald Schmidt admitted to the Volkskrant. 

Schiphol Airport station in Amsterdam
Jul 25 '19 14:00

NS is running fewer trains on three busy routes - the high speed line between Amsterdam, Schiphol and Rotterdam, between Amsterdam and Eindhoven, and between Eindhoven and Heerlen. The rail company is dealing with capacity problems because trains were exposed to the heat for a long time on Wednesday and therefore need extra maintenance on Thursday, an NS spokesperson said to AD.

Red lights shining out of window brothels in Amsterdam's Red Light District
Jul 25 '19 11:50

A campaign was launched in Amsterdam aimed at drawing attention to the recognition of sex work. The message of the campaign is "sex work = work". Sex workers want people to understand that they are doing normal and legitimate work, NOS reports.

The two week long camping consists of electronic posters at bus- and tram stops. The posters will be shown for ten seconds every minute in different places in the city center. In both English and Dutch, the posters read: "My body. My job. My choice."

Red Light District, Amsterdam
Jul 25 '19 11:00

The debate on the future of Amsterdam’s Red Light District was once again met with opposing ideas and interests by residents and sex workers during the last meeting held on Friday at the Compagnietheater.

Schiphol Amsterdam
Jul 24 '19 21:53

Thousands of passengers were left with few options at Schiphol Airport as hundreds of inbound and outbound flights were canceled or faced hours-long delays. "The situation is not expected to improve until tomorrow morning," said Eurocontrol on Wednesday just before 4:30 p.m. and again at about 8 p.m.

Rutger Hauer in Dortmund, Germany
Jul 24 '19 19:38

Famed Dutch actor Rutger Hauer was pronounced dead on Friday in his hometown of Beetsterzwaag, Friesland, a representative for his family said to newswire ANP. The Golden Globe-winning actor was 75 years old.

Hauer passed away after a brief illness. A small, private funeral took place earlier on Wednesday before his death was publicly revealed later in the evening.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Jul 24 '19 16:22

A refueling system problem at Schiphol Airport was likely to cause significant delays to hundreds of departing and arriving flights, the airport said on Wednesday afternoon. The fault in the system was not likely to be resolved before late Wednesday evening, a spokesperson told NU.nl. Thursday morning flights could potentially be affected as well, the spokesperson said.

Lunch time at an Amsterdam terrace
Jul 24 '19 15:10

Those looking to enjoy the summer weather with a few drinks on a terrace will get away cheapest in Zwolle. Like last year and the year before that, Zwolle is the cheapest terrace city in the Netherlands, according to the annual study by hospitality consultancy Van Spronsen & Partners.

Couple taking a selfie in Amsterdam
Jul 23 '19 12:10

Hotels in Amsterdam had a strong start this year. In the first four months of 2019 there were 12.5 percent more overnight hotel stays in the Dutch capital than in the same period last year, De Telegraaf reports based on figures from ABN Amro's economic bureau.

Boy jumping into a lake
Jul 23 '19 11:20

Amsterdam is a city of water, and it is therefore not surprising that swimming in natural waters is a favorite pass time for Amsterdam residents on hot days. With a week of extremely hot weather ahead for the Netherlands, here follows a list of five natural swimming spots in and around the Dutch capital, compiled by Het Parool.

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Jul 22 '19 12:00

A 33-year-old man was killed in a shooting near the Kraaiennest subway station in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Saturday night. The police identified the victim as Inchomar Balentien from Amsterdam and confirmed that he had a criminal record.

Amsterdam
Jul 22 '19 10:20

Amsterdam is the 32nd bucket list destination in the world, according to a ranking by global travel site Big 7 Travel. The site surveyed 1.5 million people about the destinations they most want to visit before they die. Bali in Indonesia came in first place, followed by New Orleans in the United States and Kerry in Ireland.

Netherlands police uniform
Jul 19 '19 11:00

The municipality of Amsterdam closed the Hotel Parkview on Korte van Eeghenstraat indefinitely on Thursday. Two incidents involving explosives at the hotel seriously affected public order and put local residents in danger, which is why Mayor Femke Halsema decided to close the hotel immediately, the municipality said in a statement.

LEGO store
Jul 19 '19 10:10

Utrecht and Amsterdam will be the first Dutch places to have an official LEGO store. Both stores will open later this year, though exactly where they will be located is not yet clear, NU.nl reports.

LEGO franchises previously opened in the Netherlands, but this is the first time a LEGO store will open that is managed by LEGO itself. The new stores in Amsterdam and Utrecht will be entirely devoted to the colorful Danish building blocks. The stores will also host building competitions and allow customers to create their own LEGO figures. 

Kids found a firearm while magnet fishing on Amstelkade in Amsterdam, 17 July 2019
Jul 18 '19 15:10

Two 12-year-olds who went magnet fishing on the Amstelkade in Amsterdam on Wednesday afternoon, pulled a firearm out of the water, the Amsterdam Zuid police said on Twitter.

The kids immediately called emergency number 112. Responding officers identified the firearm as real and called in forensic investigators, who took some samples and then confiscated the gun.

The police praised the children for their prompt action in calling the authorities, calling it a "good deed". 

Dutch police officer
Jul 17 '19 15:10

The Public Prosecution Service must conduct further investigation into the way in which Michael P. was arrested in the Anne Faber case on 9 October 2017, the court in Amsterdam ruled on Wednesday. The Public Prosecutor previously determined that the officers that arrested P. will not be prosecuted for a soldier injury he sustained during his arrest. P.'s lawyer filed a lawsuit demanding further investigation, NU.nl reports.

Rental agreement
Jul 17 '19 13:30

The average national rent increase in the second quarter of 2019 was the lowest since the second quarter of 2015. Rents in the Netherlands increased an average of 3.1 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to figures from Pararius. This clearly shows that the price increases are slowing down, the housing platform said, NU.nl reports. 

Rent increases fell below 5 percent for the first time in 3.5 years in the last quarter of 2018. And that slowing down effect is continuing, according to Pararius.

Ferrie Lensen at De Regenboog Groep office.
Jul 16 '19 12:40

After nine years in operation, the Amsterdam Underground tour - started by the De Regenboog Groep, an NGO that works with homeless people - will now be in the hands of the formerly homeless guides who have lived the experiences the tour aims to illuminate to tourists. De Regenboog made the decision to form a cooperative for the four current volunteers to own the business and have full control of their narratives.

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Jul 16 '19 11:08

The Rozengracht in Amsterdam was closed off to traffic on Tuesday morning after a hand grenade was found tied to the door of a local business. The Ministry of Defense's explosive disposal department removed the explosive, but the street is still closed for investigation, AD reports.

Red Light District, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jul 15 '19 14:20

The first meeting to discuss the future of Amsterdam’s Red Light District was met with disagreement and polarizing opinions on Wednesday evening at the Compagnietheater, the 18th century former church that sits in De Wallen. The meeting, organized by Mayor Femke Halsema, gathered residents, sex workers, and entrepreneurs who will be affected by the proposed changes for the area. 

Researchers examining the Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn in preparation for a major restoration, July 2019
Jul 15 '19 09:19

Today would have been Rembrandt van Rijn's 413th birthday. The Rembrandthuis Museum in Amsterdam is celebrating with a festival on the street where the 17th century painter used to live. The Rembrandt Art Festival starts at 10:00 a.m., featuring artists in action, workshops, stalls and live music, RTL Nieuws reports. 

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