Groningen

Part of the Presence light exhibition by Daan Roosegaarde in the Groninger Museum
Aug 20 '19 15:20

The Presence light exhibition by artist and inventor Daan Roosegaarde in the Groninger Museum attracted 45 thousand people since opening on June 22nd. An average off 6 thousand people visited the museum per week to see the exhibition, compared to the museum's usual summer average of 4 thousand visitors per week, director Andreas Bluhm said to Dagblad van het Noorden.

Cracked wall
Aug 13 '19 15:00

The temporary committee for mining damage in Groningen, TCMG, paid out a total of over 80 million euros in damage claims to Groningen residents since March last year. Over 17 thousand damage claims haven't yet been processed, and more claims continue to come in. Last week the committee received 462 new damage claims, the TCMG announced, NOS reports.

Sold sign in front of a home
Aug 12 '19 14:30

The price difference in buying a home in the Netherlands' cheapest and most expensive provinces is now 175 thousand euros, according to economists at Rabobank. The average price of a home in Noord-Holland is 388 thousand euros, while the average price in Groningen is 213 thousand euros, NU.nl reports.

Cats
Aug 8 '19 09:58

Cat lovers can celebrate International Cat Day on Thursday by going to watch cat videos on the big screen in six Dutch cities. This is the first year that Dutch cinemas are participating in the international CatVideoFest. 

Cinemas in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Groningen, Leeuwarden and Hilversum are taking part in this international festival celebrating the hero of the internet, Het Parool reports. Visitors will see an around 70 minutes-long compilation of funny or cute (or both) cat videos and animations.

Groningen station
Aug 7 '19 14:20

Travelers chose the main station in Groningen as the most beautiful train station in the Netherlands, in a poll ran by NS on social media. Amsterdam Central Station came in 4th place.

Of the over 10 thousand people who voted, over 33 percent voted for Groningen. The historic station in Valkenburg came in second place with 16 percent of the votes, followed by Rotterdam Central Station with 14 percent, Amsterdam Central Station with 11 percent, and Utrecht Central Station with 9 percent.

Police at the scene of a mass shooting on 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht, 18 March 2019
Jun 24 '19 16:45

There is a very real concern in the Netherlands regarding potential terror attacks, particularly from ISIS recruits and jihadists, right-wing extremists, and radical activists, according to Dutch counter-terror office NCTV. Because of this, the terror threat level in the country remains high, with holding at 4 out of a maximum of 5 in the terrorism threat assessment published by the NCTV on Monday.

Police guard in a detention center
Jun 11 '19 07:37

The arrest of a 26-year-old man for the fatal stabbing of Hidde Bergman in Groningen last month, left the suspect's housemates shaken. According to the housemates, the suspect is a foreign man who has been renting a room in the student home for a month or two. They describe him as a strange man that made them feel uncomfortable, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.

Man wanted in connection with fatal stabbing on Jaagpad in Groningen on 14 May 2019
Jun 10 '19 17:54

A 26-year-old man already in police custody for vandalism was arrested on Monday in connection with the seemingly random fatal stabbing of a runner in Groningen. The suspect, also from Groningen, was being held for the murder as of 1:15 p.m.

Cracked wall
Jun 10 '19 07:48

A total of 127 damage reports were received after a fracking earthquake in Groningen on Sunday morning, the temporary committee that handles mining damage in Groningen TCMG said. Six of the reports were of acutely dangerous damage. According to the committee, it is difficult to say how much of the reported damage is the direct result of the earthquake, NOS reports.

Earthquake seismic seismograph
Jun 9 '19 10:27

Residents in the Groningen province received a scary start to Sunday morning when an earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter Scale shook the ground and rattled windows. The earthquake took place at 7 a.m. with an epicenter located below the small village of Garrelsweer.

"It was a huge bang. For a moment I thought there was a truck on its side," Garrelsweer resident Sibrand Bakker told the Telegraaf.

Jun 4 '19 14:50

Motorists in The Hague face the most delays due to traffic jams in the Netherlands, according to calculations by navigation system maker TomTom. In The Hague, motorists on average have to take 28 percent extra travel time into account, Hart van Nederland reports.

That means that a trip that should take an hour, on average takes Hague motorists an hour and 17 minutes. During evening rush hour, a one-hour ride takes almost 40 minutes longer. In one year, the average motorist in The Hague loses 130 hours in traffic.

Milieudefensie and Groningen residents dump fracking earthquake rubble in front of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague, 26 Oct 2017
May 30 '19 11:40

The temporary committee for mining damage in Groningen TCMG received a total of 2,875 damage reports after a 3.4 magnitude earthquake at Westerwijtwerd in the municipality of  Loppersumm last week, RTV Noord reports.

Most of the damage reports came from the municipality of Groningen, 1,323 in total. Stadskanaal is the only municipality in the province that had no damage reports. There were also dozens of reports from the province of Drenthe.

Milieudefensie and Groningen residents dump fracking earthquake rubble in front of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague, 26 Oct 2017
May 22 '19 15:10

The Temporary Committee on Mining Damage in Groningen received 90 damage reports on Wednesday after a 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit the province near the village of Westerwijwerd early in the morning. There were also 12 reports of potentially acutely dangerous situations, NU.nl reports.

Seismograph showing earthquake activity
May 22 '19 07:35

Groningen was hit by a major earthquake at around 5:50 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The quake had a magnitude of 3.4 on the Richter scale, according to meteorological institute KNMI. 

Many people across a large area of the province felt the quake. RTV Noord received over a hundred reports of it. The epicenter was at Westerwijtwerd, a village in the north of the province that falls under the municipality of Loppersum, according to the KNMI. The meteorological institute called it an induced earthquake, which means that it was caused by gas extraction in the province.

Man wanted in connection with fatal stabbing on Jaagpad in Groningen on 14 May 2019
May 20 '19 09:07

The police released a composite sketch of a man they would like to talk to in connection with a fatal stabbing on Jaagpad in Groningen last week Tuesday. A 27-year-old man died in the stabbing. How the man in the sketch was involved in the stabbing, is not yet clear, the police said in a statement.

The stabbing happened at around 7:15 p.m. A short time later, witnesses saw a man near the crime scene walking towards Ringweg. He was dressed in dark clothing and a cap. Witnesses describe him as being between 20 and 30 years old and between 1.7 and 1.8 meters tall.

Tiny houses on display
May 16 '19 12:40

Groningen will soon have a little tiny-house neighborhood at Westpark. The first of the up to 30 tiny, energy-neutral and sustainable houses are expected to be built by the end of the year, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.

The municipality designated a small neighborhood for the tiny houses. Between 15 and 30 homes will be built there. The tiny houses will be allowed to stand in the neighborhood for 10 years, after which they and their residents will have to move. 

Rijksuniversiteit_Groningen,_Hauptgebäude
May 1 '19 14:00

The University of Groningen set a total of 70 thousand euros aside for a farewell party for the rector of the university, according to student movement DAG. Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science asked the university for an explanation, NU.nl reports.

According to the student movement, "in times of cutbacks and towering work pressure for teachers" the 70 thousand euros can be spent in other ways. "Instead, the Executive Board chooses to organize a party for itself."

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Apr 25 '19 07:55

Barrels containing the explosive substance picric acid were found in a chemistry room at Groningen high school CSG Augustine. The Ministry of Defense's explosives clearance department removed the barrels from the school and safely detonated it elsewhere, RTV Noord reports.

School director Ritske Pieter Tulner told the broadcaster that the substance was stored in a closed area of the chemistry room. "It is one of the many substances that we have collected over the years. In this case it is picric acid. That can dry out and then become explosive."

Laughing gas canisters and balloons near a secondary school in Utrecht-West
Apr 17 '19 13:40

Burn centers in the Netherlands are concerned about an increasing number of patients coming to them with ice burns after using laughing gas. Over the past three weeks, 14 people were admitted with severe freezing burns on the inside of their thighs. In all patients, the injuries were caused by them clamping an ice-cold laughing gas tank between their legs while filling balloons, NOS reports.

Wind farm
Mar 27 '19 15:50

Entrepreneur Ben Timmermans of company Avitec infra & milieu is withdrawing from Drenthe wind farm project De Monden due to a threatening letter he received. Groningen Provincial Deputy Fleur Gräper-van Koolwijk (D66) also received a threatening letter regarding a wind farm project in the province. The police are investigating, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.

Handcuffs
Mar 19 '19 17:20

The police took down 10 fake online stores which were made to look like English versions of real Dutch stores on Tuesday. Two suspects, a 40-year-old man from Leeuwarden and a 21-year-old man from Groningen, were arrested.

These English-language sites looked like the websites of real Dutch stores, with web addresses that were very similar to those of recognized stores with a Chamber of Commerce registration. Visitors bought products like milk powder, energy drinks, shampoo, deodorant and alcohol. After payment, the products were never delivered.

Gas pipes
Mar 12 '19 12:30

The Netherlands booked a trade deficit in natural gas for the first time ever last year, Statistics Netherlands reports based on provisional figures. In 2018 a total of 12 billion euros of natural gas was imported, while the export amounted to 9.8 billion euros. The trade deficit thus amounted to 2.1 billion euros.

Beer
Mar 7 '19 16:00

The municipality of Groningen is teaming up with the seven largest student associations in the city, including Vindicat and Albertus, to reduce alcohol consumption within the associations. There is a "too strong alcohol culture" within certain associations, and that must change, mayor Peter den Oudsten said to RTV Noord.

Sold sign in front of a home
Mar 7 '19 12:40

After years of skyrocketing prices, the housing market in the Netherlands may be cooling down. In the last quarter of 2018, one in five municipalities saw home prices decrease compared to the previous quarter, according to the quarterly report of valuation company Calcasa. The price decreases mainly happened in Limburg and Groningen, RTL Nieuws reports.

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