Amsterdam

Geert Wilders speaking with the media
Oct 29 '19 15:55

The suspect accused of threatening far right leader Geert Wilders, and preparing a terrorist plot, should be sent to prison for six years, the Public Prosecution (OM) said during closing statements against Junaid I. in court on Tuesday. Wilders was present in the courtroom earlier in the day, but declined the opportunity afforded him to make a statement as one of the victims in the case, saying he only wanted to look into the eyes of the suspect.

Fishnet stockings
Oct 29 '19 13:30

A young woman from Amsterdam was contacted by escort agency Pandora in Den Bosch, offering her a job. The agency saw Chantal's Instagram account and thought she'd be perfect for the agency, the Telegraaf reports.

"We came across your profile on Instagram and are super enthusiastic about you", Bureau Pandora said to Chantal in a message. "Are you by any chance interested in a very, very well-paying side job? You seem to be a prefect candidate for the agency!"

Dutch police at the scene of a crime
Oct 28 '19 13:50

A 29-year-old man was shot on Jacob Krausstraat in Amsterdam early on Sunday morning. He was rushed to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Multiple media sources identify the victim as Brennan Dalfour, a man with an extensive criminal record who is part of a well known crime family in Amsterdam, according to Het Parool.

The police responded to Jacob Krausstraat at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, after reports of shots fired. They found the critically injured man at the scene. He was resuscitated on the street and rushed to hospital, where he died. 

Police officer and paramedic
Oct 28 '19 10:30

A scooter rider stabbed a 53-year-old father on Dam Square in Amsterdam in front of the victim's wife and young children on Sunday evening, a witness said to the Telegraaf. The stabbing happened at around 6:00 p.m. after the scooter rider got into an argument with several cyclists, the witness said. 

According to the witness, the father was on his own bicycle and the mother was on a cargo bike with their young children. They were waiting at the traffic lights near Dam Square when the scooter rider started shouting at another cyclist.

Police
Oct 26 '19 09:50

A police employee working in Amsterdam was suspended under suspicion of sharing confidential information, and the unauthorized use of internal computer systems. The officer is at least the thirteenth employee from the Amsterdam office placed on leave in the last six months.

The worker was sent away on Wednesday. Police announced the decision a day later.

A police internal affairs unit is investigating the case in conjunction with the Public Prosecution Service (OM).

Scene of a shooting on Hugo de Grootplein in Amsterdam
Oct 25 '19 19:50

The suspect arrested for a fatal shooting at La Piccola Baracca pizzeria in Amsterdam earlier this week is a 41-year-old man from Amstelveen, the police announced. The man was arraigned on Friday and remanded into custody for 14 days, after which the examining magistrate will reassess the need to extend his pre-trial custody, the Public Prosecution Service confirmed.

Jihadist
Oct 25 '19 16:55

Authorities in the Netherlands arrested a Dutch man at Schiphol Airport after Swedish officials accused the man of producing terrorist propaganda, the Dutch prosecution service OM said on Friday. He was living in Sweden for the past three years and was deported on Wednesday as an undesirable alien, the OM stated.

The 28-year-old was “was arrested after arrival at Schiphol on suspicion of involvement in terrorism.”

He became the focus of an investigation because of his online behavior, which uncovered ties to ISIS, the OM said.

Police officer and paramedic
Oct 25 '19 10:20

The police arrested two people early on Friday morning in connection with a strange incident in Amsterdam a night before. A man with a bullet wound was dropped off at an Amsterdam hospital by an Audi A3 with French license plates, which then quickly left the scene.

Ajax
Oct 24 '19 09:20

After two victories, Ajax suffered its first loss in the group phase of the Champions League against Chelsea on Wednesday. The match in the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam ended 0-1 after a goal by Quincy Promes was rejected by the video assistant referee (VAR). The Amsterdam players feel "robbed". 

Scene of a shooting on Hugo de Grootplein in Amsterdam
Oct 23 '19 16:21

Two people were injured in a shooting incident in Amsterdam West on Wednesday. One of them died at the scene, and the other was in critical condition. Police said shots rang out at about 3:45 p.m. on the Hugo de Grootplein, and two suspects fled the scene.

"At the time of the shooting incident many people were present at Hugo de Grootplein," Amsterdam police stated. "Thus the detectives are urgently looking for witnesses who have seen or heard something, or who have [photos or videos]."

Amsterdam at night
Oct 23 '19 11:30

Around 25 shops and liquor stores in the Red Light District will not be allowed to sell alcohol on Wednesday afternoon in the run-up to the Champions League match between Ajax and Chelsea. Bars will be allowed to serve alcohol, but only for consumption in the bar. The municipality of Amsterdam hopes to prevent problems caused by drunk football fans, Het Parool reports.

Tractors block traffic in Den Haag just before evening rush hour
Oct 23 '19 09:44

Farmers are planning to move their protest against the government's nitrogen policy from The Hague to Amsterdam. But that doesn't mean the Malieveld in The Hague will be left empty. Construction workers are planning to protest there next week Wednesday.

Office building
Oct 23 '19 07:39

Last year 13 thousand homes were created by transforming existing buildings, such as vacant offices, schools and shops. That is nearly 14 percent of all the new homes that were built last year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. Amsterdam created most of these 'transformation homes' in the past six years, followed by Eindhoven and The Hague.

Martin Garrix performing at the 2019 Amsterdam Dance Event. Oct. 19, 2019
Oct 22 '19 14:40

Next year’s Amsterdam Dance Event will take place from October 21-25, 2020, organizers revealed on Tuesday. A special 25th anniversary program is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, with festival and conference access passes available from December 2.

The 24th edition of ADE wrapped up this week, bringing in over 400,000 attendees, similar to last year’s record figures. Event organizers said they visitors arrived from 146 different nations, good for an ADE record.

Marathon runners
Oct 21 '19 14:30

Vincent Kipchumba won the 44th TCS Amsterdam Marathon on Sunday. The 29-year-old Kenyan ran 42 kilometers and 195 meters in 2 hours, 5 minutes an 9 seconds. Among the women, Ethiopian Degitu Azimeraw won with a time of 2 hours, 19 minutes and 26 seconds, setting a new course record for the female runners.

Mad Fox club logo
Oct 18 '19 16:30

 A 34-year-old man was sentenced to four years in prison by the court in Amsterdam for a hand grenade explosion at club Mad Fox on Spuistraat in Amsterdam. The sentence is equal to what the Public Prosecution Service demanded, NU.nl reports.

The court considered it proven that the man had the hand grenade in his possession and deliberately caused an explosion at the club, located underneath the luxury W Hotel in the heart of Amsterdam. The man not only wanted to cause damage to the club, but also intimidate people, the court ruled. 

Sex worker in Amsterdam's Red Light District
Oct 18 '19 11:58

Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema will investigate whether the prostitution sector can be moved out of the Red Light District and located in other parts of the city, including neighborhoods where more workplaces can be found. A prostitution hotel outside the Red Light District is one of the options she is looking into, she said in a city council debate on Thursday, Het Parool reports. 

ADE14
Oct 17 '19 16:00

The city of Amsterdam will not tolerate drugs at the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), currently happening int he city. "We have a zero tolerance policy in clubs and during events", the city said in a statement, Het Parool reports.

ADE attendees are not allowed to take any drugs into events. Drugs found will be confiscated, and the person carrying them will not be allowed to attend the event.

University of Amsterdam
Oct 17 '19 13:40

A scientist at the University of Amsterdam is under fire because she rejected a Turkish student for an internship due to the Turkish offensive in Syria. In response to the student's application, the scientist said that she is "not inviting Turkish students at this time" due to the situation in Syria, AD reports.

Broken overhead line near the Almere Oostvaarders station on 21 May 2019
Oct 17 '19 12:46

Damaged overhead lines between Hoofddorp and Leiden left three trains stranded on Thursday, ProRail reported. Around 1,400 passengers were evacuated. The stranded trains are currently being towed away.

"The contractor is currently inspecting the damage", ProRail said. "How long the repairs will take is not yet known." No trains are currently running between Hoofddorp and Leiden. "ProRail regrets the inconvenience for all travelers on this route."

Drug dealer
Oct 16 '19 16:20

Amsterdam is stepping up the fight against drug crime with a package of measures focused on making neighborhoods and their residents more resilient, and on "actively disrupting" drug dealing. Dealers will be tackled at their hangouts and garage boxes, and young people who are in danger of entering the drug world will be better monitored, the city said in a statement. 

Flower market in Amsterdam
Oct 16 '19 11:00

Most tulip bulbs sold at the popular flower markets in Amsterdam and Lisse never bloom, according to a study commissioned by the municipality of Amsterdam and the general association for flower bulb culture KAVB. "Research shows that there is structural deception of consumers when selling tulip bulbs at the Flower Market and the so-called 'Bloembollenboulevard' along the N208 in Lisse," the KAVB said in a statement.

Rental agreement
Oct 16 '19 08:58

Rent increases are leveling off in the Netherlands, particularly in the large cities, according to the newest rent monitor by housing platform Pararius. Nationwide, the average rent per square meter increased by 3.6 percent in the third quarter, compared to the same quarter last year. Utrecht is the only of the four large cities where rents increased by more than 5 percent. In Rotterdam, rent prices even decreased.

Arie_Slob_ChristenUnie
Oct 15 '19 14:32

The Cornelius Haga Lyceum in Amsterdam will get no more funding from the government as of December 1st, Minister Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Education said in a letter to parliament.

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