The number of schools in the Netherlands for pupils between 10 and 14 years old will double in the coming school year. These middle-schools are an experiment intended to help pupils with the transition from primary school to secondary school.
For the first time students in the Netherlands on average pay over 400 euros per month for a room. Student housing rents increased more than 5 percent compared to last year, according to student housing website Kamernet, RTL Nieuws reports.
Amsterdam is the most expensive when it comes to student housing, with an average price of 571 euros per month for a room. Rotterdam saw a student housing rent increase of 7.4 percent to 460 euros per month.
Saturday night was a "grim night" in Rotterdam, the Rotterdam police said on Twitter. A total of 12 people were arrested for various offenses on Saturday night and during the early hours of Sunday morning.
Arrests were made for public intoxication, vandalism and assault, among other things.
"Three people were so annoying" that police officers had to use pepper spray on them to get them under control.
Chaos reigns at the Prins Alexander location of joint vocational education institution Zadkine-Albeda in Rotterdam. According to a whistleblower, there is drug dealing everywhere and having sex in the bathroom is a regular activity. Leefbaar Rotterdam city councilor Jari Esbeukman submitted written questions about this to the city council, the Telegraaf reports.
Feminist action group De Bovengrondse changed dozens of street names across the Netherlands on Tuesday in a protest for more female representation on Dutch streets. Armed with homemade street signs, members of De Bovengrondse changed street names to famous women including Mies Bouwman, Beyonce, Mien van Bree and Suze Groeneweg, NOS reports.
There are plans in motion to ban smoking on multiple Rotterdam streets in the area around Erasmus MC, the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and the Erasmiaans Gymnasium, AD reports. According to non-smokers association Clean Air Nederland, if these plans succeed, Rotterdam will be the first municipality to implement a smoking ban for entire streets.
Firefighters rescued four children, their mother and a dog from a burning home on Oost-Pietermanstraat in Rotterdam on Thursday morning. The family was trapped on the first floor while a fire raged on the ground floor, RTL Nieuws reports.
The mother and one child was taken to hospital for monitoring, due to concerns about smoke inhalation. The other children were checked over at the scene. An animal ambulance took care of the dog.
A massive shipment fish that the Rotterdam police seized in a drug bust last month, is being donated to zoos and aquariums in the Netherlands, the Public Prosecutor announced. It involves thousands of kilograms of hake and cod that were used to hide 1,125 kilograms of cocaine from Ecuador.
Dutch drug criminals are increasingly involved in making crystal meth. Over the past year, 10 crystal meth laboratories were dismantled in the Netherlands. "A few years ago, we hardly ever saw it", a police spokesperson said to NRC, calling 2018 a "turning point" in the production of meth.
Hundreds of people participated in a silent march through Rotterdam on Tuesday. The march was a protest against sexual harassment and violence, and to show support for a young woman who was brutally raped in the city. They carried signs with texts like "No means no", "We are not objects", "Our rights are not up for grabs, neither are we", and "Private property, consent mandatory".
The residents of the Rotterdam district of De Esch expressed massive support for the Indonesian student who was raped and seriously injured in front of her home in the neighborhood a week and a half ago. In an initiative organized by two local residents, some 530 cards and messages were written for the young woman, NOS reports.
The police discovered 13 kilograms of crystal meth, a firearm and silencer and ammunition while searching an apartment in Zuidwijk in Rotterdam on Thursday last week. A 52-year-old man from Colombia was arrested. The street value of the drugs is more than 2 million euros, the police said on Monday.
Officers noticed the apartment because it is registered as uninhabited, yet movement was observed inside and there were reports of people going in and out with large bags.
There will be no trains running between Utrecht and Rotterdam Centraal, and between Utrecht and The Hague this week. This line is closed until August 6th due to maintenance on the track around Gouda, NOS reports.
Around 75 percent of the railway around Gouda will be renewed, which includes replacing points, rails, sleepers and rail gravel. This is only possible if train traffic is completely halted. NS and ProRail chose this week for this task, as it is summer holidays and many people are away on vacation.
After weeks of drought, parts of Zuid- and Midden-Nederland were hit by a rain storm on Thursday evening. One person was killed and one injured in Rotterdam when a tree fell on their car. In Gelderland thousands of homes were without power for a few hours. And Roosendaal was hit by a whirlwind, NOS and AD report.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for Noord-Brabant, Zuid-Holland, Zeeland, Gelderland and Utrecht on Thursday night. The service predicted thunderstorms, with gusts up to 70 kilometers per hour and hailstones up to 2 centimeters.
One person was injured in a shooting on 's-Gravendijkwal in Rotterdam around midnight on Wednesday. The victim was taken to hospital with unknown injuries, the police said on Twitter.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still unclear. The police are investigating, and call on witnesses to come forward.
A forensic investigation was done at the scene.
The victim's current condition is unknown.
The police arrested a suspect for the brutal rape of a young woman in front of her home on Herman Bavinckstraat in Rotterdam on Saturday. The 18-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested on Tuesday evening, the police announced on Wednesday.
Two men were arrested in Rotterdam on June 17th on suspicion of planning attacks in the Netherlands and France, the Public Prosecutor announced on Monday. The suspects are 22 and 27 years old, and both of Moroccan nationality. They were arrested based on information from intelligence agency AIVD, the Prosecutor said.
A young woman was attacked and raped in front of her home on Herman Bavinckstraat in Rotterdam on Saturday morning. She was rushed to hospital, where she underwent surgery and is currently still in intensive care. So far the police were unable to extensively talk to her. The police are looking for a dark-skinned man of around 20. He was wearing a dark colored hoodie and cycling on a dark colored bicycle.
The prices of existing homes in the Netherlands increased by 8.8 percent in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, reaching a record high. The number of home sales decreased almost everywhere in the country, Statistics Netherlands and the Land Registry reported on Friday.
A sailboat and a tugboat sank at the Botlek bridge near Hoogvliet in Rotterdam at around 7:45 a.m. on Friday. Two people who were on board the sailboat ended up in the water, but have since been rescued, according to the local safety office, AD reports.
The sailboat crew members were fished out of the water by a dinghy that happened to be sailing by. They were checked over by paramedics and did not have to go to the hospital.
A round of drinks on a terrace is again most expensive in Amsterdam, making the Dutch capital the most expensive terrace city in the Netherlands for the fourth year in a row. Like last year, Zwolle's terraces are cheapest, according to the annual terrace study by consultancy firm Van Spronsen & Partners, ANP reports.
The first 41 of 500 swans that were covered in oil after an oil spill in the port of Rotterdam three weeks ago, were released again on Saturday. After the oil leak, the swans spent weeks in a temporary shelter on Maeslantkering in Hoek van Holland, being cleaned and recuperating. More swans will be released in the coming weeks, RTL Nieuws reports
Motorists can expect busy roads and traffic jams this weekend, both at home and abroad. In the Netherlands the roads will be crowded due to festivals and concerts. And many holidaymakers are expected on the roads abroad, RTL Nieuws reports.
A barbecue at Rotterdam's city hall got somewhat out of hand on Friday night. City councilors could be heard singing karaoke late into the night, resulting in multiple noise complaints by local residents, AD reports.
"Hello Rotterdam, can you make that music and off-key karaoke even louder?", one local resident said on Twitter. "This can't be, it is 23:41! Anyone else would already have been reprimanded or fined for noise."