The repair and reinforcement of homes that suffered serious damage as a result of gas extraction earthquakes in Groningen, needs to be speeded up, the state supervision on mines SoDM said in advice to Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs, RTL Nieuws reports.
Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate reached an agreement with Shell and ExxonMobil about gas production in Groningen. The government and NAM will invest at least 1 billion euros into quality of life in the gas mining area.
Inés "was sick and could not be cured", Queen Maxima said about her youngest sister's death. "Our only comfort is that she has now found peace", the Dutch Queen said after paying a visit to the UMCG Proton Therapy Center in Groningen on Tuesday, ANP reports.
Inés Zorreguieta suffered from depression. She committed suicide on June 6th at the age of 33.
On Monday the police arrested three Dutch men on suspicion of participating in a terrorist organization. Traces of their DNA were found on firearms linked to terrorist organization Islamic State. The weapons were found in a suburb of Paris two days after terrorist attacks in Brussels, the Public Prosecutor announced on Tuesday, NU.nlr eports.
During excavations in the city of Groningen, a bomb was found that the municipal archeologists believe was fired at the city in 1672. The cast iron mortar grenade weighs over 40 kilograms and was found more than 2 meters deep in the ground, according to broadcaster NOS.
Seven people were killed in five traffic accidents throughout the Netherlands over the weekend.
On Thursday opposition parties in parliament insisted that Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs reverses his decision to postpone the reinforcement of 1,588 homes in the province of Groningen, NU.nl reports.
A private message sent to the police on Twitter landed 58-year-old Elze Schollema from Usquert in Groningen in jail for the night earlier this week. The police considered the message threatening, but according to Schollema, they misunderstood the tone, he said to Dagblad van het Noorden.
Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs thinks that gas extraction in Groningen could be reduced to below 12 billion cubic meters by 2020, he wrote in a letter to parliament. Though he added that he can not guarantee this as the effect of a number of planned measures is not yet certain, RTL Nieuws reports.
Hundreds of students throughout the Netherlands have been diagnosed with scabies - a condition that causes itching and rashes - over the past months, infection expert Jan van der Have of public health institute GGD Groningen confirmed to NU.nl on Wednesday.
A large cannabis plantation was found during a police raid on a factory building in the Groningen town of Foxhol on Monday. The plantation contained many thousands of cannabis plants, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.
The building is located on Avebeweg on WA Scholtenpark. Until 2012 it served as the head office of Avebe, after which it was sold. The police broke into the building with a chainsaw, according to the newspaper.
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.
The police shot a man with a knife in the leg on Helsinkistraat in Groningen during the early hours of Wednesday morning. According to the police, the man could not be reasoned with, NOS reports.
Responding officers first fired a warning shot. When the man still did not follow police instructions, he was shot in the leg. The man was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment.
The police are still investigating exactly who the man is and why he was wandering the streets with a knife.
A 15-year-old boy became unwell near the pier of Lauwersoog on Monday evening during a school trip. He was resuscitated at the scene and rushed to a hospital in Groningen. His current condition is unknown.
According to the Telegraaf, the boy was taken to hospital by helicopter.
The boy is from the Roelof van Echten College in Hoogeveen, RTV Drenthe reports. A group of around 40 pupils cycled from Hoogeveen to Lauwersoog on Monday evening, to get on a boat there for a school trip. The boy fell ill near the pier.
Police officers fired shots at a motorist after chasing him through Groningen city center during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The suspect was arrested and no one was injured.
The police reported the incident on Twitter around 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The police received a report of someone driving dangerously in the center of Groningen. They spotted the motorist, who sped away when he noticed the cops. The officers gave chase.
A member of Groningen student association Vindicat was assaulted by two other members of the student association in December last year. Vindicat failed to report this incident to the relevant authorities, as they are obliged to do under the new hazing code. This new incident was massively met with disgust and calls for sanctions against the student association.
"It is a fantastic party and I find Groningen a fantastic city", King Willem-Alexander said to NOS during the King's Day festivities in Groningen on Thursday. "Much thanks to Groningen, it is really a cool city", Queen Maxima added.
The Royal Family spent King Willem-Alexander's 51st birthday in Groningen. Thousands of people gathered in the city to see the Royals and enjoy the festivities Groningen arranged.
Excitement is mounting in Groningen as people line the streets, waiting for the Royal Family to arrive.
King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and their three daughters are set to arrive at 11:00 a.m. Other members of the Royal Family attending the festivities in Groningen include Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien, the King's cousins Princes Maurits, Bernhard, Pieter-Christiaan and Floris, and their wives. Princes Anita, Prince Pieter-Christiaan's wife, will not be there because she is sick, according to NOS.
In its bookkeeping, Shell is reducing the value of its interest in NAM to zero in response to the Dutch government deciding to completely stop gas extraction in Groningen in the coming years, RTL Nieuws reports.
Dutch petroleum company NAM is responsible for gas extraction in Groningen. NAM is owned half by Shell and half by ExxonMobil. Depreciating its shares in NAM is costing Shell 244 million dollars, according to RTL.
King Willem-Alexander and his family will spend King's Day in Groningen on Friday. The weather is expected to be largely cloudy and relatively cold with afternoon temperatures around 15 to 16 degrees. No rain is expected, but a jacket is advised, according to Weeronline.
Almost all regions in the Netherlands saw economic growth last year. The Groningen region was the only one to see its economy shrink. The regions around Eindhoven and Almere saw the strongest growth, Statistics Netherlands reported on Tuesday.
In both the Eindhoven and Almere regions, the economy grew by 4.9 percent last year compared to 2016. In Zuidoost-Noord-Brabant - Eindhoven and its surroundings - last year's economic growth was mainly supported by industry and business services. In Almere, lease companies in particular contributed to the economic growth.
Twelve crew members of a cargo ship belonging to Groningen shipping company ForestWave were kidnapped by pirates on Saturday. At the time of the attack, the ship was at sea between Ghana and the Nigerian Port Harcourt, NU.nl reports.
The pirates took 12 of the 14 crew members with them, ForestWave announced on Monday. Nothing is known about their condition or fate. The company has been unable to make contact with the pirates.
Flags with swastikas on them were planted in the grass of a pasture in the Groningen village of Zuidbroek. As a wind farm is planned in this location, RTV Noord concludes that this is a protest against the wind farm.
The flags read Bezet gebied, Dutch for occupied territory, and Sperrgebiet, a term used by the Nazis during the German occupation to indicate prohibited territory.
Grid managers Tennet and Enexis want no new solar parks to be built in Groningen and northern Drenthe for the time being. The electricity grid there does not have sufficient capacity to process the energy from any new solar parks, according to the companies, NOS reports.
"We can handle the current situation, but if the many requests for solar parks keep coming, there is simply not enough space to transport all the electricity", spokesperson Loek de Lange of Enexis said to the broadcaster.