Rotterdam

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Feb 7 '18 07:39

The average wealth of Dutch households increased by almost 10 percent in 2016, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday based on new figures. This is mainly due to increasing house prices. Dutch without their own home did not see a wealth increase in that year, according to the stats office.

Nearly three in five households owned their home in 2016. An owned home formed the largest part of household's assets at 57 percent, followed by savings. Mortgage was also the largest debt item of Dutch households that year, making up 86 percent of the average household's debt. 

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Feb 5 '18 16:10

Rotterdam received a record number of tourists last year, the city announced based on preliminary figures on Monday. Over 1.1 million people spent over 1.8 million nights in hotels in the city, an increase of 10 percent compared to 2016, NOS reports.

Police officer at a train station
Feb 5 '18 11:40

The government is investing over 300 million euros into expanding the rail network between Den Haag and Rotterdam, the ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management announced on Monday. By 2025 this route will run eight intercity trains and six sprinters per hour, which means a train every five minutes. 

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Feb 2 '18 13:40

A three-year-old girl was found in a Rotterdam home with her dead mother last month, alderman Sven de Langen said in a letter to the municipal council. While some media reports suggested the girl may have been home alone with her mother's body for a week, the exact timeline is not yet known. The girl is now with a foster family and is doing well under the circumstances, the alderman wrote. He called the incident "tragic". 

Jip Jurg
Feb 1 '18 15:40

The police arrested a 27-year-old man from Schiedam in connection with the death of Jip Jurg from Rotterdam. The 32-year-old man got into a fight during the early hours of Saturday morning and was found dead in his home on Sunday. Autopsy revealed that he died of internal injury, the police said in a statement.

Jip's father called emergency services on Sunday after finding his son unconscious. When first responders arrived at the scene, he was already dead. The police launched an investigation to find out what Jip's last hours looked like.

Police officer holding a cannabis plant
Jan 30 '18 12:00

Drug criminals are getting better and better at hiding their illegal cannabis plantations, according to grid manager Stedin whose been working with the police on discovering such illegal farms. Last year around a thousand illegal cannabis farms were found in three major cities, 22 percent less than the year before. But Stedin is certain that the number of cannabis farms is on the rise, AD reports.

Crime scene tape
Jan 22 '18 07:17

A 24-year-old man was seriously injured in a shooting in the Rotterdam neighborhood of Kralingen on Sunday afternoon. He was rushed to the hospital in "worrying condition", the police said in a statement. Three men were arrested.

The shooting happened at a home on Herman Bavinckstraat just before 4:00 p.m. The suspects were arrested in and around the home. They are three Rotterdam men, aged 45, 26 and 24 years. The police are investigating their role in the shooting. 

Traffic builds up towards Schiphol's departures, 18 Jan 2018
Jan 18 '18 15:04

A difficult Thursday rush hour was expected to cap an annoying work day for many in the Netherlands. Trouble on the railroad, confusion at the airport, and traffic jams were likely to continue well into the evening.

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Jan 16 '18 07:31

A woman was found dead in a home on Mathenesserweg in Rotterdam on Monday afternoon. The police believe she was killed in a crime. One man was arrested, the police said in a statement.

The victim still has to be formally identified, but the police believe she is the 39-year-old resident of the first floor home. The police responded to the home around 4:15 p.m. after other people in the home called emergency number 112.

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Jan 12 '18 12:58

Rotterdam's mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb would not take back his controversial remarks on Salafism. Last month the mayor, a Muslim himself, caused uproar when during an interview he stated that every Muslim is a bit of a Salafist. Salafism is an ultra-conservative branch within the Sunni Islam.

"There were no wrong words used in the interview, but perhaps the radio is too volatile of a medium"; Aboutaleb told the city council on Friday. The mayor's provocative remark was heard during an interview on the radio-program Dit is de Dag.

Jan 12 '18 08:04

The anti- Zarte Piet protestors arrested in November 2016 during the national arrival of Sinterklaas in Maasluis will not be prosecuted.

168 people have received the news through a letter from the Public Prosecutor this week. Their cases have been dismissed due to insufficient evidence and because they have been unjustly regarded as suspects, according to NOS

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Jan 11 '18 09:58

Rotterdam university of applied sciences has shut down the old part of its complex for prevention measures against fire accidents. Thursday and Friday's classes are canceled.

The post secondary school carried out an inspection on the cladding panels in response to the fatal fire at the Grenfell Tower in London last summer. And it resulted that the panels did not comply with applicable fire safety standards.   

A foggy road
Jan 11 '18 08:20

The national weather agency KNMI issued a Code Yellow weather warning for dense fog on Thursday morning. The warning was still in effect across several Dutch provinces as the morning rush hour began.

“Fog can be treacherous due to its sudden occurrence,” KNMI stated. Visibility was expected to be lower than 200 meters during the warning, in place until 11 a.m. The fog warning covered the entirety of Utrecht, Zeeland, and Zuid-Holland. It also was issued for the Wadden Sea islands. 

Rotterdam Zoo young rhino
Jan 9 '18 13:50

The little black rhino born at Diergaarde Blijdorp in Rotterdam finally made its first public appearance last Thursday. Born a day before Christmas Eve, the female calf spent its first ten days in its stall before venturing out on the zoo grounds.

The girl was allowed to explore the outdoors under the surveillance of its mother Naima.

Naima and male rhino Vungu were brought to the zoo in Rotterdam back in 2013. At the time, they were the first black rhinos to roam the zoo in over 50 years.

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Jan 9 '18 07:30

Some 18 suspects were identified during a criminal investigation into the unauthorized highway shutdown meant to  last November. Police notified the suspects that they are wanted for questioning, the public prosecutor's office announced on Monday.

Pedestrians bundled up in Amsterdam Centrum
Jan 8 '18 09:04

In a significant part of the Netherlands temperatures dropped below zero early Monday morning. Temperatures dipped down to -3 degrees Celsius in the north, -1 in the center and 2 degrees in the south, together with a moderate northeastern wind that was relatively strong at the seaside. Meteorologists from weather website Buienradar predicted the overnight wind chill would make it feel as if it were 10 degrees below zero.

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Jan 5 '18 12:40

The aldermen form the Randstad want more money to be invested for the light rail, the rapid transit railway in the Randstad. If that doesn't happen, they fear that the public transport will be paralyzed within 10 years. 

NOS conducted a study asking the councilors form municipalities in the Randstad how they pictured the development of the light rail. The questions concerned the actual plans and whether the investments by the Rijksoverheid (the central government) behind it were sufficient.

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Jan 4 '18 14:32

During the run up to New Year's Eve and a few days after, over 53,000 complaints were reported to a devoted to logging fireworks nuisances in the Netherlands. The registration had a 10 percent increase in complaints over a year ago, suggesting that either people are more frequently annoyed by fireworks, or more people know about the website created by 30 local GroenLinks party factions.

Wind knocks over bikes in Amsterdam
Jan 4 '18 08:52

After a brief 24-hour respite, very windy weather is expected to return to the Netherlands on Thursday afternoon, causing a challenging rush hour period in Rotterdam, Leiden, Den Haag, and Maastricht. The wind adds an extra problem where is in effect through 11 p.m.

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Jan 3 '18 17:12

All five major storm surge gates in the Netherlands were closed in the wake of a storm that brought wind gusts as strong as 141 kilometers per hour. It is the first time all five flood defenses were simultaneously closed, the country's infrastructure agency, Rijkswaterstaat, announced on Wednesday.

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Jan 3 '18 11:00

The Rotterdam police and Public Prosecutor are targeting young people with bling in a new approach to show that crime does not pay, the Telegraaf reports.

If a young person can't give a sufficient explanation about how exactly he paid for his Rolex, or thousand euros jacket, the police will confiscate the items, according to the  newspaper. Officers will be specially trained to recognize these expensive items.

The Rotterdam police already check young people driving expensive cars. Checking bling is an expansion of this approach. 

Pedestrians fight the wind in Amsterdam, 3 Jan 2018
Jan 3 '18 10:19

Meteorological institute KNMI increased its from a code yellow to a code orange for the provinces of Noord-Holland, Flevoland, Friesland, and the Wadden islands. Very strong winds up to 130 kilometers are expected.

A code yellow warning is still in effect for the rest of the country. 

Blown down tree lands on a car in Rotterdam, 3 Jan 2017
Jan 3 '18 08:10

With the, the first storm damage reports of the year are also coming in. According to Weerplaza, a gust of 141 kilometers per hour was measured in Vlissingen early on Wednesday morning. The storm is expected to peak between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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Jan 2 '18 14:22

One person was killed as the result of a shooting on Socratesstraat in the southern part of Rotterdam around 10:30 p.m. on Friday.  Police reported that the victim was struck by several bullets, but found alive by first responders.

He was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The man died in the hospital on Saturday evening. 

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