Amsterdam

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Oct 11 '19 12:00

An ATM bombing on Dorpstraat in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel caused major damage to the town center on Friday morning. Due to investigation, cleanup and repairs, the town center will be closed down to the public for most of the day, the Amsterdam police said on Twitter.

Large fire in a vacant building on Eerste Helmersstraat in Amsterdam-West, 11 Oct 2019
Oct 11 '19 11:10

A large fire broke out in a vacant building on Eerste Helmersstraat in Amsterdam-West on Friday morning. As far as is known, no one was injured.

The fire department responded to the scene at around 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning, Het Parool reports. The strong wind blew sparks all over the street, causing a risk that the fire would spread to other buildings.

Firefighters managed to keep the fire from spreading, but surrounding homes were evacuated as a precaution. A total of 60 residents are being sheltered elsewhere in the neighborhood.

Mouse
Oct 10 '19 16:40

A video of a mouse munching on a crepe in an Amsterdam cafe, resulted in the business being ordered closed by the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA. The video was posted on Twitter on Wednesday. NVWA inspectors went to inspect the cafe and found more vermin. Which is why the cafe was ordered closed, RTL Nieuws reports.

Armin van Buuren
Oct 8 '19 17:50

Longtime Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren will launch a special edition escape room during Amsterdam Dance Event later this month. Van Buuren teamed up with top-rated escape room firm Sherlocked Mystery Experiences to provide teams with an 80-minute long session at 159 euros per team.

Game players will have to work together to figure out secrets to the Armada Music founder’s success. The escape room, dubbed “Balance”, is also a promotion for Van Buuren’s upcoming album of the same name.

The Blauwe Moskee in Amsterdam Nieuw-West
Oct 8 '19 17:00

The Blauwe Moskee in Amsterdam Nieuw-West wants to boost it's weekly call to prayer - the Adhan - through loudspeakers. A few dozen mosques in the Netherlands already do so, but the Blauwe Moskee will be the first in Amsterdam. The mosque's board is organizing a neighborhood meeting on Sunday afternoon to inform local residents about their intentions, imam Yassin Elforkani said to Het Parool.

Climate protest by Extinction Rebellion on Stadhouderskade in Amsterdam, 7 October 2019
Oct 8 '19 11:10

Blockade protests for more action against climate change on Stadhouderskade and elsewhere in Amsterdam on Monday ended at around 9:00 p.m., the Amsterdam police said on Twitter. A total of around 90 people were arrested, around 30 of whom were still in custody on Monday night. The rest were sent home with a fine of 380 euros for not following police orders. On Tuesday the protesters are planning a demonstration in Vondelpark, they said on Twitter. 

Statue of Eberhard van der Laan on music venue Paradiso in Amsterdam, made by artist Frankey
Oct 7 '19 17:10

A bronze statue of deceased Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan was placed on the facade of music venue Paradiso, as a tribute to the mayor two years after his passing. The words 'beautiful city huh' are engraved underneath the 60 centimeters tall statue, which was designed and made by artist Frankey.

United Airlines branded Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on a test flight. May 9, 2018.
Oct 7 '19 14:40

A United Airlines flight destined for Amsterdam made an emergency landing Monday morning with broadcaster CTV saying the aircraft lost cabin pressure above eastern Canada. United flight 986 rapidly descended to 10,000 feet nearly five hours after departing San Francisco and flew over Quebec and New Brunswick before landing in Bangor, Maine in the northeastern United States.

Some 197 passengers and 13 crew members were on board the Boeing 787-9, the AP reported, when it safely landed in Maine at about 7:15 a.m. Netherlands time. There were no injuries.

Maud and Emma holding up a sign at a climate protest by Extinction Rebellion in Amsterdam, 7 Oct 2019
Oct 7 '19 12:10

Around 50 protesters were arrested at a climate blockade on Stadshouderskade near the Rijksmuseum on Monday, the Amsterdam police confirmed to NOS at around 10:15 a.m. The protest for more action to be taken against climate change by action group Extinction Rebellion is still ongoing. The atmosphere is friendly, despite the arrests, three of the protesters said to NL Times. 

Extinction Rebellion blocking Stadhouderskade in Amsterdam, 7 Oct 2019
Oct 7 '19 07:24

Hundreds of environmental activists are demonstrating for more measures against climate change in Amsterdam on Monday morning. Action group Extinction Rebellion is blocking access to the Stadhouderskade at the Rijksmuseum, NOS reports.

Pauline Krikke resigns as Den Haag mayor
Oct 6 '19 18:09

A week of scandal in Den Haag has led the city's mayor to tender her resignation on Sunday. Pauline Krikke, of conservative party VVD, was appointed to the job and first took office on March 17, 2017, and previously spent 12 years as the mayor of Arnhem and seven years on Amsterdam's city council

People enjoying the summer weather in Oosterpark in Amsterdam, 23 June 2019
Oct 4 '19 17:00

The two biggest cities in the Netherlands did not score particularly well in the Husqvarna Urban Green Space Index. On this ranking of the greenest cities in the world, in a literal sense, Amsterdam came in 58th place and Rotterdam in 68th. Durban in South Africa is the greenest city in the world.

Police at Derk Wiersum shooting scene
Oct 3 '19 15:58

Police in Amsterdam say they have a suspect in custody in connection with the murder of criminal defense attorney Derk Wiersum. The male suspect was apprehended on Tuesday evening at a home, authorities said in a statement.

Authorities released no details about the suspect's age, nationality, or his place of residence. Shortly after the incident, police said they were looking for a man between the ages of 16 and 20 years, wearing a hoodie, and dressed in black clothing.

A cloudy day in Amsterdam
Oct 3 '19 14:20

Amsterdam is officially dealing with a bubble on the housing market, according to Swiss bank UBS. Amsterdam is tied with Hong Kong for the third most likely city to be experiencing a housing market bubble. Only Munich and Toronto were deemed at greater risk, UBS said in the report released on Monday.

UBS defines a bubble as "a substantial and sustained mispricing of an asset, the existence of which cannot be proven unless it bursts."

Tram at Amsterdam Central Station, 23 Jan 2019
Oct 3 '19 11:00

Amsterdam plans to restrict cars in the city even more in order to keep the city accessible and reduce emissions. The Amsterdam office of mayor and aldermen presented a 'Car-less Agenda' with 27 measures to reduce car traffic in the city. The package of measures is mainly focused on investing in public transit and improving bicycle and pedestrian connections, NOS reports.

Sail to the COP
Oct 2 '19 14:15

A group of 36 young people departed from Amsterdam by sailboat on Tuesday afternoon, heading towards the UN Climate Summit in Chile. With their six to eight week-long journey to the South American country, the team wants to draw attention to a climate-neutral future for travel. 

University of Amsterdam
Oct 2 '19 13:10

Students and educators at the University of Amsterdam will get an extra vacation week added to their calendar starting with the 2020-2021 academic year. The free week will take place every year at the end of April or early May beginning in 2021.

Cash seized in a Colombian cocaine investigation
Oct 1 '19 22:25

Amsterdam police investigating an international cocaine ring found 12.8 million euros in cash. Police said the wrapped bundles of paper money was a "record amount", seized over two weeks ago during a search of five homes on September 12.

Seven people were arrested at four of the homes, including two Colombian women and a Colombian man, two Albanian men, a man from Morocco, and another from New Zealand. 

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Oct 1 '19 20:20

One person died in a shooting in Duivendrecht on Tuesday evening, and hours after the victim was found police had still not revealed if the man was killed as part of a crime.

Authorities first received a call about the victim just before 5:25 p.m. from the Buitensingel, an area bordered on the west by the A2, and to the east by the train tracks leading to the Duivendrecht train station.

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Sep 30 '19 16:45

A hand grenade was found outside of nightclub The Box on Mekongweg in Amsterdam-West early on Saturday morning. The area around the club was closed down for some time while the Ministry of Defense's explosive removal department disarmed and disposed of the device.

The grenade was found at around 4:30 a.m. The club was empty at the time, the police said in a statement.

An image of world air pollution taken by Dutch space instrument Tropomi
Sep 30 '19 15:30

The latest images from Dutch space instrument Tropomi, which maps air pollution around the globe, shows that India is the new top polluter in the world. Also, research shows that the Netherlands has one of the highest concentrations of nitrogen dioxide in Europe, Pieternel Levelt, head of satellite observation at Dutch meteorological institute KNMI and professor at TU Delft, said to newspaper AD. 

90 Groningen football fans arrested on Scheldeplein in Amsterdam before a match between Ajax and FC Groningen, 28 Sept 2019
Sep 30 '19 14:40

A total of 90 football supporters from Groningen were arrested in Amsterdam before the match between Ajax and FC Groningen on Saturday. According to the police, the Groningen supporters came to Amsterdam to start a fight with Ajax supporters. They were each fined 120 euros and released after the match, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service in Amsterdam said to AD on Sunday.

Ribbons and messages praising Derk Wiersum
Sep 30 '19 11:20

The police believe that a white delivery van was used as a getaway car after the murder of lawyer Derk Wiersum outside his home on Imstenrade in Amsterdam. Witness statements and video footage showed a white vehicle "similar to a Fiat Doblo" driving away from the area immediately after Wiersum was gunned down on Sepember 18th, the police said on Sunday.

Fire truck at the port of Amsterdam
Sep 30 '19 10:28

In a radio interview with Amsterdam fire brigade commander Leen Schaap about systemic racial and gender bias in the fire department, Schaap claimed that Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema found a common racist joke in the fire department "funny" and "hilarious". Halsema's office disputed Schaap's claim. Schaap said to radio program This American Life that the joke in question involves the a racial slur often made against people of color in the Amsterdam fire department.

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