The Hague

Aug 16 '19 12:40

Albert Gietelink, a 92-year-old man from Almelo, received an award at the Russian embassy in The Hague this week because of a letter he wrote to Russian president Vladimir Putin a few months ago. He wrote the letter because he wants the relationship between Russia and the West to improve. "It is actually sad that 74 years after defeating Nazi Germany we still have a hostile relationship with Russia", he said after receiving his award on Wednesday, RTV Oost reports.

Thijs H. suspected in three fatal stabbings in The Hague and Heerlen
Aug 16 '19 10:48

Thijs H. confessed to stabbing and killing three people while they were walking their dogs in parks in The Hague and Heerlen in May, was revealed during the first pro-forma hearing against the 27-year-old man in the court in Limburg on Friday, NU.nl reports.

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Aug 16 '19 07:33

A 10-year-old boy was stabbed and injured in a home on Trezoriersdreef in The Hague on Sunday afternoon. He was taken to hospital for treatment. His 48-year-old mother was arrested as a suspect. She too was injured and taken to hospital, the police said in a statement.

Arrest
Aug 13 '19 17:30

A man was arrested in Den Haag Centraal on Friday for wearing a balaclava in the station. But the arrest was unjustified, the police in The Hague said on Twitter on Monday.

The arrested man was a demonstrator. He was wearing a balaclava as a counter-protest for a pro-burka protest happening on the Malieveld, according to the Telegraaf. He walked into the station, and was quickly addressed and taken away by police officers, according to the newspaper.

Laughing gas canisters
Aug 12 '19 12:50

The number of traffic incidents involving laughing gas is skyrocketing, the Dutch police said in a statement. "We see people making dangerous maneuvers in traffic because they are filling up a balloon or have one in the mouth", police inspector Paul Broer said. "Even thought the effect of laughing gas is short-lived, it has a direct effect on driving ability."

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Aug 9 '19 11:50

A 38-year-old man died after being stabbed on Jacob Schorerlaan in The Hague on Thursday afternoon. A 17-year-old boy was arrested as a suspect.

The police responded to the street at around 1:30 p.m., after multiple reports of a stabbing. At the scene they found the critically injured man. First responders provided aid on the street and the man was rushed to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. 

Community policing - Nijmegen Oost
Aug 6 '19 07:33

A 62-year-old woman was found dead in her home on Van Diesenstraat in The Hague on Sunday afternoon. A 31-year-old man was arrested as a suspect, the police said in a brief statement.

Local residents told Omroep West that a mother and her son lived in the apartment, and that the son is the suspect in his mother's death. The son is known as a reserved, quiet guy. Neighbors describe the victim as "really a treasure of a person". 

Gavel
Aug 2 '19 15:50

The ROC Mondriaan in The Hague dismissed a teacher because he called a student a "terrorist" while speaking in the teacher's room. The dismissal was justified, the court in The Hague ruled, RTL Nieuws reports.

Orlando Boldewijn was found dead in the Böttgerwater in The Hague on 26 Feb 2018
Aug 2 '19 15:00

The police searched the lake in The Hague neighborhood of Ypenburg on Wednesday night in the investigation into the death of 17-year-old Orlando Boldewijn from Rotterdam. The teen disappeared after a Grindr date in February last year and was found dead in the lake a week later.

Vaccination
Jul 26 '19 16:00

The municipality of The Hague is launching a "plan of attack" to encourage its residents to vaccinate their children. "The current vaccination rate in The Hague is worrying", public health alderman Kavita Parbhudayal said to RTL Nieuws.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Jul 26 '19 14:20

NS is running fewer intercity trains on Friday due to the heat. Prolonged exposure to the high temperatures means that trains need to be serviced more often, and that the maintenance takes longer to perform, a spokesperson for the Dutch rail company said to AD.

Homeless mother and child
Jul 25 '19 15:20

The number of homeless families in The Hague increased enormously since 2015, according to figures from the municipality. Family shelters are completely full, which means that more and more appeals have to be made to hotels to take in families with nowhere to go, Omroep West reports.

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Jul 22 '19 16:00

Malek F. was sentenced to mandatory institutionalized psychiatric treatment for stabbing three people in The Hague on Liberation Day last year. The court considered it proven that he tried to stab his three random victims to death, but ruled on Monday that he was not acting on a terrorist motive, but due to the psychotic disorder he suffers from, NOS reports.

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Jul 22 '19 07:27

Three men drowned on Sunday evening while swimming off the coasts of The Hague and Wassenaar. Emergency services received a report of a swimmer in trouble at the Zuiderstrand in The Hague at 18:30 p.m. At around the same time, there was also a report of two swimmers needing help at the Wassenaarse Slag in Wassenaar, the police said. 

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Jul 19 '19 13:30

A 53-year-old employee of the Public Prosecution Service in The Hague was arrested in Germany on June 18th on suspicion of drug trafficking. She is suspected of smuggling two kilograms of cocaine, 6 kilograms of amphetamine, and 10 thousand ecstasy pills into the country, the German Public Prosecutor confirmed to AD.

The drugs were found in the woman's car. Her daughter and son-in-law were also arrested, the German Prosecutor said to the newspaper. The three are suspected of wanting to sell the drugs in Germany. They are still in custody.

Missing Ahmad kids from left to right - Tala, Sharifa, Berivan, and Hain
Jul 19 '19 11:50

Four young kids abducted from The Hague by their father last month, are now staying at their parents' old home in Raqqa, Syria, according to their mother Rasha Saleh. She desperately wants to go and get them back, but she doesn't dare to. "He wants me to come by so he can kill me", the 28-year-old mother said to Omroep West.

Rental agreement
Jul 17 '19 13:30

The average national rent increase in the second quarter of 2019 was the lowest since the second quarter of 2015. Rents in the Netherlands increased an average of 3.1 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to figures from Pararius. This clearly shows that the price increases are slowing down, the housing platform said, NU.nl reports. 

Rent increases fell below 5 percent for the first time in 3.5 years in the last quarter of 2018. And that slowing down effect is continuing, according to Pararius.

Hospital room
Jul 16 '19 14:20

The Haga Hospital in The Hague is the first Dutch body to be fined for violating the new European privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation. The Dutch Data Protection Authority fined the hospital 460 thousand euros for not sufficiently protecting a patient's privacy, NU.nl reports.

Researchers examining the Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn in preparation for a major restoration, July 2019
Jul 15 '19 09:19

Today would have been Rembrandt van Rijn's 413th birthday. The Rembrandthuis Museum in Amsterdam is celebrating with a festival on the street where the 17th century painter used to live. The Rembrandt Art Festival starts at 10:00 a.m., featuring artists in action, workshops, stalls and live music, RTL Nieuws reports. 

People enjoying the summer weather in Oosterpark in Amsterdam, 23 June 2019
Jul 11 '19 10:10

By 2050 the climate in Amsterdam,, The Hague and Rotterdam will be comparable to what Paris has today, according to an analysis by scientists from Crowther Lab, which forms part of the ETH Zuirch university. According to the researchers, 77 percent of the world's cities will see a "striking change" in climate by 2050.

2019 FIFA World Cup ball
Jul 5 '19 09:40

Football lovers who already bought tickets to attend a festival in the Netherlands this weekend, do not need to despair. A number of festivals realize that you can be both a music- and a football fan, and are therefore making arrangements to show the World Cup final between the Oranje Lionesses and the United States on Sunday.

Police officer and paramedic
Jul 5 '19 07:56

The emergency services never practiced a scenario in which emergency number 1-1-2 is completely unreachable, as happened last week Monday. The police considered the chance of this situation occurring to be minimal, Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security wrote in a letter to parliament. A third person died during the outage. The person went into cardiac arrest in The Hague and emergency services took longer than usual to reach them, NOS reports.

Rental agreement
Jul 3 '19 16:50

The average free sector rent paid by tenants in the Netherlands now stands at 1 thousand euros per month. This is even higher in the four large Dutch cities, where tenants pay an average rent of 1,154 euros per month, Rabobank economists said in a report published on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

This means that the national average rent is currently at the upper limit of 1 thousand euros for the middle segment. The middle segment is defined by homes with rents between 720 euros and 1 thousand euros per month. 

Geert Wilders
Jul 3 '19 15:09

The Public Prosecutor's office (OM) demanded a five thousand euro fine from Geert Wilders, the leader of far right nationalist party PVV. The sentence recommendation was made during the prosecution's closing argument in a court case stemming from Wilders's political rally speech just before the elections in March 2014.

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