At a Hilversum city council meeting mayor Pieter Broertjes made a joke referring to children's song from the 1860's "Ten Little Niggers". The remark led to furious reactions on social media, with many accusing the Hilversum mayor of racism.
At least 13 large municipalities and a number of smaller ones will be experimenting with voluntary firework-free zones this New Year's, the Volkskrant reports after speaking with the 44 largest municipalities in the Netherlands.
The municipality provides signboards for such firework-free zones, but not enforcements. Local residents can apply for a firework-free zone, and it is up to them to enforce it. The mayors hope to reduce fireworks nuisance without incurring high costs in this way, according to the newspaper.
A group of anti-Zwarte Piet protesters occupied a footbridge to the Mediapark in Hilversum on Monday morning. They call on broadcaster NTR to use only so-called Chimney Pieten with soot marks on their faces in the Sinterklaasjournaal, instead of Pieten with completely black faces, NU.nl reports.
A Rotterdam man arrested last week for suspected involvement in the death of a 22-year-old woman in Hilversum, jumped in front of a car on the A27 three days before the woman's body was found. He was injured. It is not clear whether the woman was already dead at that time, ANP reports.
Liander seriously endangered a number of firefighters during a fire in a transformer house along the rails in Hilversum on Saturday, according to mayor Pieter Broertjes. The energy supplier stated that the power was shut down remotely, but when the fire brigade started extinguishing the fire, the building was still under high voltage, the mayor wrote in a letter to the Hilversum city council, NOS reports.
The police arrested a man on Monday suspected of involvement in the death of a 22-year-old woman in Hilversum last week. The young woman was found dead in a villa on Waldecklaan on July 9th.
No further details were revealed about the suspect, as he is in restricted custody. This means that he is only allowed contact with his lawyer and the authorities.
A woman was found dead in a villa in Hilversum on Monday. Police officers responded to the villa after a report of a suspicious situation. The police are investigating whether the woman was killed in a crime, NOS reports.
So far nothing is known about the victim's identity, age or how she died. Forensic investigators and officers with sniffer dogs were spotted in and around the home on Waldecklaan on Monday.
The police arrested three suspects in connection with the murder of Reduan Bakkali, brother of key witness Nabil Bakkali, in Amsterdam on Thursday. The main suspect was arrested on Friday night, the other two on Saturday morning, the police said in a statement.
After the municipal elections, the proportion of woman in the city councils of the Netherlands' 70 largest municipalities increased from 28 percent to 34 percent, newspaper Trouw reports based on its own research.
Some municipalities, like Amsterdam and Heerhugowaard, now have an equal number of male and female councilors. In Heerenveen and Waddinxveen the municipal councils now consist of more women than men. Utrecht, Hilversum and Nieuwegein are very close to having the same number of women as men on the council.
The organizers of the commemoration of the February Strike in Hilversum refused to let five media organizations attend the commemoration on Monday afternoon. An email signed by organizer Arthur Graaff stated that these "non-journalistic propaganda organizations" are not welcome at the commemoration. Hilversum mayor Pieter Broertjes also did not attend in protest, NOS reports.
The Koninklijke Marechaussee is calling for more supervision and security at small airports in the Netherlands, Trouw reports. The lack of supervision at the 11 smaller airports in the country makes them vulnerable to drug- and human trafficking, according to the newspaper.
The Koninklijke Marechaussee is a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for airport security.
Subversive vlogger Youness Ouaali survived an attempted assassination in Hilversum on Christmas, he reported to the police. "I looked down the barrel of a pistol", he said to newspaper AD. The police are looking for witnesses.
All train traffic to and from both Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal was halted Monday evening as snow continuously fell upon the region beginning just after noon. Hundreds of passengers were stranded at the airport, according to local broadcaster AT5. Large lines formed at the taxi rank there, while wait times for Uber vehicles was in the double digits.
The airport was setting up cots for people forced to sleep at the airport, broadcaster NOS reported.
The negotiations on forming a new Dutch government will happen outside The Hague on Thursday and Friday. The VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie will be meeting on De Zwaluwenberg in Hilversum, the workplace of the Inspector General of the Armed Forces, for those two days, NOS reports.
A man arrested for holding a woman hostage at the Media Park in Hilversum on Thursday suffers from psychiatric problems, the Public Prosecutor confirmed. The 33-year-old man form The Hague told the authorities that he wanted screen time to express his views. He acted alone, the Prosecutor said, according to NOS.
Employees of the Netherlands national public broadcasting organization NPO are properly shaken up by a hostage situation in the building of NPO 3FM in the Hilversum Media Park on Thursday morning, Shula Rijxman of the board of directors said.
The police arrested a man at the NPO 3FM building in the Hilversum Media Park premises around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday after he held a woman hostage there for an hour and a half. The woman is unharmed and is receiving victim assistance, the police said, NU.nl reports.
The police have thus far refused comment about the suspect's identity and motives. According to the police, he threatened a woman in the parking lot in front of the building with a knife. He then forced her into the building and held her captive, authorities allege.
In an effort to accompany the increasing number of expats settling in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam is improving access to international education. Three new international schools are opening in te Amsterdam area before the start of the new school year in September, and a number of existing schools are expanding, IN Amsterdam announced in a press release.
The Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested six Dutch persons in May and June after taking down an online shop for drugs. The six are suspected of running the online store, the Marechaussee said on Facebook on Tuesday.
The suspects ran the drug shop on the dark web. Drugs were sent to customers through regular parcel services, disguised as packages from other online stores.
The suspects come from Haarlem, Lelystad and Hilversum. They are between the ages of 21 and 55 years, according to the Koninklijke Marechaussee - a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military.
Anne Fleur Dekker (22), an activist and member of the GroenLinks faction in Hilversum, went into hiding because she is being threatened by supporters of PVV leader Geert Wilders and FvD leader Thierry Baudet, she said to Joop.nl. The threats started after she published a column in which she called Baudet a Wilders in sheep's clothing, and got worse after Wilders shared an article that claims Dekker called for people to throw stones at Wilders, NOS reports.
The municipality of Hilversum is allowed to ban the lighting of fireworks in part of the city center over New Year's, the Council of State ruled on Wednesday. This ruling by the highest court in the Netherlands means that no further appeals are possible, NU.nl reports.
On Monday a monument was unveiled in Hilversum on the spot where 16-year-old Dascha Graasma was killed by an oncoming train exactly a year before. The monument to Dascha was created by two friends and consists of the letter D with a buttefly perched on top of it.
About a hundred people were present at the unveiling, according to regional broadcaster RTV Noord-Holland. Dascha's father was also at the unveiling.
Michelin announced its Bib Gourmand 2017 fr the Benelux region. A total of 134 restaruants in the Netherlands got these honours, 18 of which for the first time. 17 restaurants lost their Bib Gourmand, Misset Horeca reports.
Michelin awards the Bib Gourmand title to restaurants that offers a full menu for no more than 37 euros. A total of 313 restaurants in the Benelux received this honor - 165 in Belgium, 14 in Luxembourg and 134 in the Netherlands.
The following 18 restaruants are new to the list in the Netherlands:
The Healthcare Inspectorate added three new nursing homes to its black list. Cato from The Hage, Care Residence Zonnestraal from Hilversum and Avondrust in Veenendaal all performed below par and are now under increased supervision, AD reports.