Amsterdam

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May 31 '18 14:40

A Transavia flight from Gran Canaria to Schiphol had to make an emergency landing in Faro, Portugal on Tuesday night due to a stinky passenger. The stench was so bad that people became unwell, passengers said, according to RTL Nieuws.

Passengers board a train to Vlissingen at Amsterdam Central Station, 19 Jan 2018
May 31 '18 11:50

The number of train passengers in the Netherlands is expected to grow by 45 percent in the coming decade, according to ProRail. The rail manager is therefore investing at least 20 billion euros into rail renewal, so that it can cope with the passenger increase, ProRail CEO Pier Eringa said to the Telegraaf.

"People are sick of traffic jams on the road and in the city they are massively rushed into the train. That's great, of course, but something has to be done to absorb that explosive growth."

Tourists at the I Amsterdam sign behind the Rijksmuseum
May 31 '18 11:10

Amsterdam launched a campaign to address misbehaving tourists on their behavior. The campaign Enjoy & Respect is specifically aimed at male visitors between the ages at 18 and 34. It makes clear that behavior like public urination is not only unacceptable, but will also cost you money, Het Parool reports.

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May 30 '18 16:10

Amsterdam has the most to offer of all municipalities in the Netherlands when it comes to culture. Maastricht and Leeuwarden are in second and third place respectively, according to the new Atlas for Municipalities presented in Leeuwarden on Wednesday afternoon, Het Parool reports.

Among the provinces, Groningen has the biggest cultural offering, followed by Zeeland and Noord-Holland. Flevoland is last on the ranking.

Police officer looking for witnesses
May 30 '18 14:50

A 13-year-old boy was assaulted by a man in Amsterdam earlier this month after the boy threw water balloons. The police are looking for witnesses, NOS reports.

The assault happened on Tuesday, May 8th at around 3:00 p.m. The boy and some friends were throwing water balloons at passing boats from Stadionkade in Amsterdam. One man became angry, turned around, docked his boat and chased after the boys.

Hammock
May 29 '18 17:30

Anyone who hangs a hammock in an Amsterdam park could face a fine of 230 euros, Amsterdam resident Lars Duursma found out over the weekend, he told AT5.

Duursma and his girlfriend hung their hammock in Sarphatipark on Saturday. According to him, they were not drunk and did not cause any trouble. Two enforcement officers appeared and told them to remove the hammock, or face a fine of 230 euros.

The enforcement officers told them that it has been a rule for years that you are not allowed to attach anything to a tree or lamppost anywhere in the city.

Ambulance
May 29 '18 09:24

A 59-year-old man from Amstelveen died after he was resuscitated at festival 909 in Amsterdam on Saturday night. The police are investigating his cause of death, Het Parool reports.

The man collapsed at the techno festival on Nieuwe Meerlaan around 10:00 p.m. on Saturday. He was resuscitated and rushed to hospital, where he died a short time later, a spokesperson for the police said to the newspaper on Monday. 

The cause of the man's death is still under investigation. The police believe that drug use may have played a role, the spokesperson said to Het Parool.

Milkshake festival Amsterdam
May 28 '18 12:30

Festival Milkshake will only be selling vegetarian food at its seventh edition on July 28th and 29th in Amsterdam, the organizers announced over the weekend. The decision was met with some strong reactions. "We are really surprised about that", organizer Marieke Samallo said to RTL Nieuws.

"We didn't invent the simple solution", Samallo said. "The Digital Festival in Amsterdam hasn't served meat in three years. We are now also taking our responsibility."

Faralda Crane Hotel on NDSM yard in Amsterdam
May 28 '18 10:20

A 32-year-old man died after he fell from the Faralda Crane Hotel in Amsterdam during the early hours of Sunday morning. What exactly happened, is not yet clear. The victim is a man from outside Amsterdam, but he is not a tourist, a police spokesperson said to Het Parool.

Tricht murder
May 28 '18 08:19

Amsterdam is again the most unsafe municipality in the Netherlands, according to newspaper AD's crime meter for 2017. Common crime decreased across the Netherlands last year. The number of reported burglaries, theft, robberies and assaults fell by a total of 13 percent.

Ambulance and booms at a tram crossing on IJburglaan in Amsterdam, 23 May 2018
May 25 '18 13:20

A boy sustained minor injuries while playing on a boom at a tram crossing on IJburglaan in Amsterdam on Wednesday afternoon, the police said on Facebook.

Three boys were hanging on the boom while it was on its downward position. When the boom went up, two of the boys let go immediately. But the third was not fast enough. He kept hanging on the boom until it was almost at its highest point, and then fell meters to the ground, according to the police.

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May 25 '18 12:40

Debate center De Rode Hoed on Keizergracht in Amsterdam was vandalized overnight. The center's windows were broken and statements like 'Fuck FvD' and 'No fascism' were spray painted on its facade. On Friday evening populist party FvD is holding a lecture about the Brexit at De Rode Hoed, AT5 reports.

The police are investigating the vandalism.

Homeless
May 25 '18 08:46

Homeless shelters in the four large Dutch cities are overcrowded and the number of homeless people is increasing, according to the courts of audit for Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. A big reason for this is the shortage of housing, which means that no home can be found where a homeless person can start building a new life, according to the auditors, RTL Nieuws reports.

Insiya Hemani
May 25 '18 08:24

Prime Minister Mark Rutte discussed the abduction of Amsterdam girl on a "high level" in India on Thursday, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister said. On Thursday Rutte met with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, ANP reorts.

Rutte would make no further comments about the case. "That is not in the interest of finding a solution", his spokesperson said to the news wire.

Adyen card payment terminal
May 24 '18 16:20

Payment service provider Adyen is heading for the Amsterdam stock exchange, the company announced on Thursday. The company, which is valued between 5 and 10 billion euros, will get its first listing in four weeks' time, according to Financieele Dagblad.

Adyen processes payments for thousands of large companies. Its customers include Facebook, Uber, Netflix and eBay, among others. The Amsterdam based company is considered one of the most promising technology companies in Europe, according to NU.nl.

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May 24 '18 15:40

A former teacher at a school under the Cheider school community in Amsterdam was sentenced to two years in prison, six months of which conditionally suspended, for sexually abusing a 13-year-old pupil. The man is also banned from teaching for five years, NOS reports. 

The Public Prosecutor accused the man of sexually abusing six boys between the ages of 6 and 13 years. But the court only considered one count of sexual abuse proven. The Prosecutor demanded five years in prison against the man. 

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May 24 '18 13:00

The new Amsterdam city government of GroenLinks, D66, PvdA and SP presented its coalition agreement on Thursday. "The coalition agreement is ambitious and will change things in the city", GroenLinks leader Rutger Groot Wassink said, according to Het Parool. "I always said: the city must become more sustainable, more honest and more democratic, and this agreement does that."

Below are the main plans in the new coalition agreement, Het Parool reports:

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May 23 '18 07:58

GroenLinks, D66, PvdA and SP successfully reached a coalition agreement for Amsterdam, D66 faction leader Reinier van Dantzig announced on Twitter. Amsterdam's new coalition will present their agreement on Thursday.

The negotiations happened in a "very good atmosphere", Van Dantzig said. 

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May 22 '18 10:40

A man who was seriously injured in a shooting on Stromarkt in Amsterdam on Saturday night, is British-Dutch criminal Allan P., according to Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool. 

The man was around 11:30 p.m. The gunman fled and is still at large, despite a large-scale police search. 

Stolen baby formula seized in Rotterdam and The Hague during a police action against mobile bandidtry, May 2018
May 22 '18 07:41

Last week the police arrested over 100 people in a nationwide campaign against so-called 'mobile banditry' - gangs of criminals that travel from place to place to commit crimes. The detainees include shoplifters, baby formula thieves, pickpockets, drug traffickers, identity thieves and even a fake cop, the police said in a statement on Monday night.

The nationwide action was held between Tuesday and Friday last week. Multiple people were arrested at Amsterdam Central Station for pickpocketing, or attempts thereto. 

May 21 '18 12:40

The police responded to mosque Nour on Witte de Withstraat in Amsterdam West on Sunday night to deal with a man waving a knife at the mosque, the police said on Facebook.

At the scene the police arrested the man and confiscated his knife. He seemed to be in a disturbed state and he was transferred to a health care institution.

No one was injured. 

Mayoral chain
May 21 '18 10:00

The vacancy for the new mayor of Amsterdam will be reopened because too few suitable candidates have applied, the Provincial Board of Noord-Holland announced, NU.nl reports.

A total of 29 candidates applied in the first application round. Only four of them have a full-time position in government. The confidential committee handling the appointment finds the number of suitable candidates too limited. 

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May 21 '18 09:20

A man was seriously injured in a shooting on Stromarkt in the center of Amsterdam on Saturday night. The victim has not yet been identified, AT5 reports.

The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. A man in a black hooded jacket and jeans opened fire on the victim. Witnesses told the Amsterdam broadcaster that the victim was hit in the head, after which the perpetrator calmly walked away in the direction of Nieuwendijk.

The victim was rushed to the hospital. The police combed the area for the perpetrator, also deploying a helicopter, but it was to no avail.

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May 17 '18 15:50

Sharon Dijksma is one of the new proposed aldermen for the PvdA in Amsterdam, the party announced. Should the coalition negotiations end successfully, she will handle the portfolio for traffic and transport, water and air quality, ANP reports.

Dijksma is currently a parliamentarian for the PvdA. In the previous government, she was first State Secretary of Economic Affairs and then State Secretary of Infrastructure and Environment. 

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