Sinterklaas

Dec 5 '14 22:56

Over four thousand needy children who would have otherwise gotten no gifts this winter holiday, received gifts from the Sinterklaasbank this week. Elisa Nuij, founder of the Sinterklaasbank, says the amount of families who needed the help of her organization this year has grown considerably, up from 2500 children last year, and 1500 the year before.

Dec 5 '14 14:38

Police are on the lookout for a burglar accused of breaking into a food bank and stealing gifts meant for children from low-income families. The incident happened overnight in Dodewaard, Gelderland at a facility run by the Kinderen van de Voedselbank, a charity that supports children with clothes, shoes, day trips to the zoo and presents on birthdays.

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Dec 5 '14 10:35

Those celebrating Sinterklaas tonight must remember to take the rush hour traffic into account. The Traffic Information Service warns that the evening rush hour will possibly twice as busy than usual.

Dec 5 '14 09:59

Opa Piet (Grandpa Piet) was flown in from Spain to train a lot of Pieten. But gradually over the past three weeks, it was revealed that he is not only a returned retiree.

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Dec 5 '14 08:46

Sinterklaasjournaal presenter Dieuwertje Blok received threats before the new season was broadcast. She said this on the program De Wereld Draait Door.

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Dec 4 '14 08:33

The packages streaming into PostNL formed such a tall tower that it collapsed. The 56 year old PostNL employee, Ellen, had to stop sorting the packages or she would literally have been buried by her workload, the Volkskrant reports.

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Dec 3 '14 22:47

Dutch department store HEMA has warned consumers that all products ordered online after November 27 might not be delivered on time for Sinterklaas this year. The retail store made headlines earlier today when news broke of the company's financial loss in the third quarter of this fiscal year, amounting to 14.8 million euro.

Dec 3 '14 14:39

On Tuesday morning, police officers at the police station in Soest refused to record reports from the action group Pro Zwarte Piet.

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Dec 2 '14 22:45

PostNL delivered over one million packages to households in the Netherlands so far in 2014, breaking the post office's record for packages delivered in a single year.

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Dec 2 '14 13:17

It seems that after all his hard work, Sinterklaas sometimes also needs a night out.

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Dec 1 '14 18:33

Fred Vertommen, an official with the immigration and naturilzation office IND, was dispatched to investigate a possible case of racism at Jeroen Bosch hospital earlier today, where a baby with a darker skin colour was placed in a room with a nameplate reading "Zwarte Piet." Vertommen says he is deeply hurt by the occurrence he was sent to investigate, according to broadcaster Omroep Brabant.

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Nov 28 '14 19:54

With the holiday season looming, Dutch bank ING has conducted a public survey and established that over half of the Dutch intends on spending less on Sinterklaas gifts this ye

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Nov 20 '14 17:31

A taxi firm in Amsterdam is refusing to drive people dressed as Sinterklaas or Zwarte Piet in protest of human rights violations widely believed to be perpetrated by the chocolate industry. Taxi Electric says that four of every ten chocolate bars are made by children, and one in ten is produced by slave labour.

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Nov 18 '14 09:22

A 31 year old man was arrested in Almelo during the Sinterklaasintocht for assaulting a 15 year old girl dressed as Zwarte Piet.

Nov 16 '14 16:47

Dozens of people in Amsterdam protested the inclusion of Zwarte Piet in the city’s annual Sinterklaas parade. Protestors were corralled in Beursplein in front of the city’s centrally-located stock exchange during Sunday’s event.

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Nov 16 '14 15:09

A group photo of several non-white Dutch national football players sparked a torrent of racially-charged remarks targeting the teammates. Midfielder Leroy Fer posted the photo of himself with eight other players on Twitter and Instagram, including Memphis Depay, Karim Rekik, Kenneth Vermeer and Gregory van der Wiel.

Nov 16 '14 09:00

Nearly 90 people were arrested in Gouda yesterday for arguing over the presence of blackfaced Zwarte Piet characters at the city’s annual arrival of Sinterklaas celebration. Those taken into custody were a mix of protestors and Zwarte Piet supporters, police told broadcaster Omroep West.

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Nov 13 '14 15:08

Dutch filmmaker Sunny Bergman was met with stunned looks and stern words from Londoners when she dressed up as Zwarte Piet to gauge reaction to the character abroad. A three-minute clip of her documentary, Our Colonial Hangover, was posted to YouTube featuring the director's day out in blackface.

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Nov 12 '14 14:54

The Council of State ruled that the Court of Amsterdam is not allowed to chastise Mayor Eberhard van der Laan over Zwarte Piet.

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Nov 12 '14 09:58

The Sinterklaas festival will again be "old fashioned" this year. The first episode of the Sinterklaasjournaal ended with the Pieten drilling holes in the wall of the steam boat to hang a painting, with water sloshing over their shoes. The Zwarte Pieten all had black faces, like always.

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Nov 11 '14 15:40

Stepping into the fray of an oftentimes volatile debate on racism in the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum national gallery in Amsterdam will open a new exhibit detailing the “Birth of Zwarte Piet.” The character, beloved by many Dutch people and reviled by many ethnic minorities, is said to be the Moorish slave assistant to Christmas-time legend Sinterklaas, and is often portrayed by a white person in blackface.

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Oct 31 '14 14:29

Sinterklaas will be celebrated traditionally this year. Sinterlaas committees across the country say that there will be no changes in the arrival in response to the discussions on Zwarte Piet.

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Oct 30 '14 13:10

The police have managed to recover a Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet costume that was stolen from a shop in Burchstraat in Nijmegen on Saturday.

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Oct 30 '14 10:39

PostNL has started placing package vending machines at nine major train stations. People can have their package sent to such a machine and retrieve it when it suits them.

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