Rotterdam

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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.   

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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.

Kick Out Zwarte Piet blocked from protesting racism in Friesland Netherlands on Sinterklaas
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. 

People line up at a food truck in Amsterdam Oost to buy oliebollen in time for New Year's, 31 Dec 2017
Jan 1 '18 13:08

There were no major incidents during New Year's celebrations across the Netherlands, according to initial reports from regional emergency services. So far only Rotterdam reports a sharp increase in the number of incidents.

Fireworks in Amsterdam Oost, 31 Dec 2017
Jan 1 '18 10:54

New Year's celebrations with fireworks in the Netherlands generally go hand-in-hand with dozens of firework related injuries, and this year was no exception. The Eye Hospital in Rotterdam already admitted eight people with a total of 10 injured eyes. And dozens of people were admitted to hospital with burns and other firework related injuries.

New Year's fireworks at the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, 1 Jan 2018
Jan 1 '18 09:41

At midnight the Netherlands welcomed 2018. Thousands of people attended firework shows in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague, despite the rainy and windy weather. A few fireworks shows had to be canceled due to the weather conditions, NU.nl reports.

The National Fireworks show on and around the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam continued without too many adjustments, according to the newspaper. An estimated 60 thousand people came to watch the fireworks.

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Jan 1 '18 08:44

The Netherlands rang in the new year with several shooting incidents. Two people were injured in shootings in Capelle aan den IJssel and the Groningen village of 't Zandt. In Roosendaal the police shot a man suspected of threatening others with a firearm. And police officers fired warning shots at fleeing suspects in Rotterdam.

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Dec 30 '17 12:23

Periodic rain showers could dampen New Year's celebrations on Sunday night and Monday morning, according to several weather forecasts for the Netherlands. Southern border provinces can expect high temperatures of 13 degrees, while the rest of the country could peak at 12 degrees, the Dutch national weather service KNMI stated. This could break the New Year's Day warm weather record of 12.3 degrees set in 2006.

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Dec 29 '17 16:15

Six people accused of rioting at the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam will be prosecuted for violent crimes, the Dutch public prosecutor’s office announced on Friday. came to a boiling point a few hours after it became clear she would not be allowed to speak at a rally in front of the consulate.

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Dec 28 '17 16:00

Bakkerij Klootwijk on Poolsterstaat in Rotterdam was named the bakery that makes the best oliebollen this year in AD's annual Oliebollen Test. "Even superlatives do not express the taste sufficiently. World class. A deep bow for the bakers team of Klootwijk", the AD testers write about the bakery's oliebollen.

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Dec 28 '17 08:46

The Public Prosecutor released two of four men who were from custody. The other two men will be arraigned on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

Investigation into a 30-year-old man from Delft and a 23-year-old from Gouda did not reveal any indications of involvement in terrorism, the Prosecutor said. They were released from custody on Wednesday, but remain suspects.

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Dec 26 '17 15:40

Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb caused a social media uproar with an interview on NPO Radio 1 in which he said that "every Muslim is a bit of a salafist". PVV leader Geert Wilders called for Aboutaleb's resignation.

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