Emergency centers for refugees should start offering short, intensive Dutch language lessons to asylum seekers, said Amsterdam D66 party chairman Jan Paternotte. Speaking at city council today, Paternotte told his colleagues that they must inspire area residents to step up and help.
An English cyclist managed to get his head stuck between the narrow bars of a fence after crashing into it while on riding his bike. The accident happened Friday morning just after midnight in Amsterdam while the man was riding on Veemkade along the IJ river.
The fire that reduced Haarlem Mayor Bernt Schneiders’ car to ash in June is being investigated by police who claim that they have evidence connecting the fire to motorcycle gangs. Several weeks before his car caught fire at a gas station, Schneiders made statements to the media welcoming a crackdown on motorcycle gangs and the arrest of Hell's Angels leader, Lysander de R.
An organization that governs 32 public elementary schools in Utrecht says that Sinterklaas celebrations in the schools will no longer include the maligned blackface character Zwarte Piet. "An important principle of public primary education in Utrecht is that everyone is equal," the organization SPO Utrecht stated on Wednesday.
Sources speaking anonymously to newspaper De Telegraaf blame Dutch Minister of Culture, Jet Bussemaker, for not securing a deal that would bring two large Rembrandt portraits to the Netherlands in a 160 million euro deal with the Rothschild family in France. They accuse the minister of speaking bilaterally with her French counterpart about a joint purchase of the paintings in secret and on her own accord.
The construction of the Noord/Zuid line of the Amsterdam subway system will conclude in October 2017 despite the bankruptcies of key technology contractor Imtech and metal construction firm Oskomera, according to city alderman Pieter Litjens. The oft-delayed subway line is not expected to have any further setbacks after an analysis of the remaining risks to the project, Litjens told the Parool.
The first mortal remains and personal belongings of the victims of flight MH17 found after May 1 are to be brought over to the Netherlands from the Ukraine. A Dutch team comprising of military, police and foreign affairs personnel will also collect wreckage that is to be returned.
The Public Prosecutor in the Netherlands ordered a raid on the Dutch offices of taxi and ride share company Uber. The firm is being investigated as a criminal enterprise over its continued use of the alternative taxi service UberPOP.
Roughly 56 percent of the Dutch population believe that the government should not contribute 80 million euros in public funding for the purchase of two Rembrandt paintings, according to results from a weekly poll conducted by Maurice de Hond. At the same time, new reports surfaced this week that the Netherlands are likely to receive only one of the two Rembrandt paintings the government and the Rijksmuseum were scheduled to buy, according to parliamentary sources speaking with the Parool.
Amsterdam football club Ajax booked a 22 million euro profit for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, an increase of about 5.4 million over a year earlier. The football team released its annual figures on Friday, which included a 1.5 percent increase in turnover to 105.4 million euros.
France has committed 80 million euros in a bid to buy one of the two Rembrandt paintings that were conditionally sold to the Rijksmuseum for a combined 160 million. The museum orchestrated the purchase with 80 million euros from the Dutch government with the goal of bringing the marriage portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit back to the Netherlands.
The two Rembrandt paintings which the Rijksmuseum and the Dutch Government committed to buying for 160 million euros will first make an exhibition tour of all twelve provincial capitals around the Netherlands before reaching their new home at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. The Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht won the honour as the first museum to receive the paintings, Director Stijn Huijts confirmed with Telegraaf.nl.
The house of two Netherlands police officers was burgled last weekend in the municipal district of Midden-Drenthe, police spokesperson told Ernest Zinsmeijer from RVT Noord. A complete uniform was stolen from each of the two officers.
Many of the works that are on display at the Escher in the Palace in the Hague museum are replicas, according to a report in the Volkskrant published Thursday morning. Mark Veldhuijsen, curator at the MC Escher foundation, told the paper that showing replicas without informing the public makes him feel ill.
Damages caused by flooding at VU hospital following a water main break two weeks ago are estimated at some 50 million euros, medical center chairman Wouter Bos told reporters at the hospital's re-opening on Wednesday morning. Technical installations that were in the basement were badly damaged, some irreparably.
After a decision by the national government to reduce subsidies to households with at least one undocumented resident, the city of Amsterdam says it will help bridge the gap for struggling families. The city says that as of July 1 the Netherlands no longer counts undocumented people as dependents, meaning their expenses do not count in the official calculation of a household's expenses.
A former Amsterdam jail on Havenstraat will open up its doors to 400 refugees becoming the city's fourth reception center for asylum seekers. The former prison was used last year as a gathering place for a group of refugees that have relocated from one squatted building to another in Amsterdam
A 15-year-old Amsterdam boy was arrested Sunday night after he shined a laser pointer at a police helicopter, the police department revealed in a statement. The pilot of the helicopter managed to pin-point the boy's suspected location, and officers were dispatched to the home to investigate.
The M gates in the Departures 3 terminal at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam was evacuated Monday night amid reports of a passenger who made it past a security checkpoint, but was later determined to be suspicious because of her mobile phone case with a photo of a gun on it. All passengers were ordered re-screened at about 9:30 p.m. by the Koninklijke Marechaussee, the branch of the military that provides policing at Dutch airports.
Authorities responded in massive numbers to the Waterlooplein neighborhood of Amsterdam when a man locked a bicycle frame to the front of an armored cash transport truck. The incident happened on Houtkopersdwarsstraat near Jodenbreestraat early Friday afternoon after the G4S-owned vehicle pulled up on the sidewalk to restock an ATM there.
A tornado caused a large amount of damage in Wieringerwerf, Noord-Holland on Monday night. Three farms fell victim to the tornado, with barns and sheds taking the brunt of the damage. Trees were torn from the ground and roof tiles and branches rained from the air. No one was injured.
Video taken from inside a train attacked by an armed gunman shows blood smeared on windows and dinner tables with a tied-up man on the floor and an American serviceman applying pressure to a second victim's wounds. The American, likely U.S. Air Force member Spencer Stone, is also injured.
French authorities were working feverishly Saturday morning to determine why a 26-year-old Moroccan man allegedly opened fire with a Kalashnikov rifle on a train headed from Amsterdam to Paris. Officials called three Americans and a British man heroes for their stopping the attack shortly after it started Friday evening.
Three people were hurt onboard a Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris after a gunman armed with a Kalashnikov automatic rifle opened fire during the Friday evening journey. The man was overpowered on the train and arrested, France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.