Dozens of people were injured by fireworks over New Year's.
No major incidents were reported during New Year's night. The police reports that there were some disturbances in which the mobile unit was deployed. The mobile unit was deployed in Nijmegen, Utrecht and Culemborg. Several people were also injured and there were several fires.
They Eye Hospital (Oogziekenhuis) in Rotterdam admitted 10 victims of firework injuries during New Year's. In 7 cases the injury caused permanent damage to the patient. More victims are expected in the next few days.
The Netherlands entered the new year with fireworks and oliebollen. Tens of thousands people were present at the National Count Down at the Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum) in Amsterdam. In Rotterdam 40 thousand people watched he fireworks that was lit at Erasmusbrug. For the first time in 250 years The Hague lit fireworks over the Hofvijver.
The fire departments of The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam are calling on citizens to first try extinguishing fires themselves over New Year's before calling the fire department. This is because they are too busy during the turning of the year to help everywhere, De Telegraaf reports.
The man who escaped from the prison in Hoogvliet on Tuesday has been caught. The man turned himself in on Christmas Eve and is thus spending Christmas behind bars.
Istanbul was shocked by another execution on Wednesday. The victim is Vedat Sahin, the brother of top criminal Sedat Sahin - a well known name in the Turkish underworld. Sahin was from Rotterdam and was allegedly good friends with Ali Akgun, who was executed earlier on Wednesday.
A prisoner escaped from the Hoogvliet prison in Rotterdam on Tuesday Morning. The police are looking for the prisoner.
Insurer NN Group (Nationale-Nederlanden) is the new sponsor of the Rotterdam Marathon. The organisation of the marathon has singed a three year sponsorship agreement with the company. The 35th Rotterdam Marathon will be held on April 12th, 2015.
The Rotterdam gay ambassadors are quitting after four years. The reason for this is that the seven prominent Rotterdam residents, who on behalf of the city worked to make homosexuality an approachable topic, can not get access to professional football clubs in the city. This said the ambassadors in Trouw today.
Rotterdam is the first city to hire a Municipal Children's Ombudsman, in addition to the National Children's Ombudsman. From January 1st, Anne Mieke Zwaneveld will be standing up for the rights of children. She is already the Municipal Ombudsman of Rotterdam.
Famed Rotterdam cooking shop Kookpunt listed a knife set on their website for the home chef that has everything: a €55,000 three-piece Nesmuk knife set and knife block. The knives are forged over several days, with the manufacturer calling them as much a work of art as the work of a craftsman.
Rotterdam Miniworld has recreated the infamous scene of the wedding proposal-gone-wrong in IJsselstein, where a crane tipped over and smashed a neighbor's roof when it was supposed to lower the prospective groom down to his waiting girlfriend. The miniaturized model was quickly recreated by staff at Miniworld's studio once they knew there were no injuries in the incident.
It seems that a number of cities in the Netherlands will start with an experiment with controlled cannabis cultivation next year, despite the fact that Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice is still firmly opposed to the idea.
The police found the body of a 56 year old Rotterdam resident in Bredenoord on Friday night. An autopsy revealed that the man was possibly murdered. The victim was last seen alive on December 10th, two days before his body was discovered.
The new slogan for Rotterdam was unveiled yesterday morning: 'Rotterdam. Make it happen'. It replaces 'World Port World City'.
Passengers on Dutch national rail carrier NS will find their waiting times shortened as the transportation firm rolls out their new schedule, putting more trains on the tracks. The service increase comes at a time when the company's conductors and workers say they are concerned that they are overworked with minimal time for breaks, and no rest in between hours-long routes.
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has confirmed that the patient who was recently admitted to Erasmus MC with Ebola symptoms, is not infected with the virus. This has been determined by the results of specific tests.
The firs lawsuit over "unmanned air vehicles" appeared in the cantonal court in Rotterdam on Thursday. The court must determine whether photographer Roel Dijkstra "participated in the air traffic with a model aircraft" without permission from Rotterdam Airport.
Yesterday police officer Deddy S. (37) was sentenced to one year in prison and 240 hours of community service for shooting motorist Ali Ouaalit in 2012.
The editors of Elsevier have named Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam the Dutchman of the Year for 2014. Chief editor of Elsevier Arendo Joustra made this announcement yesterday at the city hall of Rotterdam.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has indefinitely removed all Dr. Walter Lewin's online lectures, according to MIT News. The decision was made by the institute after the retired faculty member was reportedly accused of online sexual harassment.
A driver with possible Ebola symptoms, was assisted and escourted to Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam earlier on Tuesday.
On Sunday morning the police intervened in a street race on the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam. The 84 attendees all got a speeding ticket.
There was also a street race on the Prinses Maximaweg, which caused a lot of noise and disturbed the peace. Many vehicles were parked on the roadway so that regular motorists could not pass.
Employees of the Zeehaven police cordoned off the area and gave the 84 attendees speeding tickets. After that the peace was restored.