A record number of tips related to sex trafficking were called into the Meld Misdaad Anoniem, an anonymous crime watch hotline, with nearly two-thirds of the calls playing a substantial role in criminal investigations. Between June 2014 and this past April, operators received 297 reports of coercion, forced prostitution, exploitation, and prostitution in unlicensed locations, with 33 cases possibly involving child victims.
Police officers in Dordrecht fired two warning shots during the arrest of a 19-year-old suspect on Wednesday night. There were no injuries in the incident.
Numerous schools contacted software company Afas after it donated 300,000 euros and new computers to the Hugo Grotius School in Rotterdam. The company's phone rang constantly beginning early on Monday morning with more schools asking for a sponsorship contract, newspaper AD reported.
Meteorologists increased the severity of a weather warning issued for Friday afternoon, saying more severe thunderstorms are expected to hit the south of the country. A code orange warning was issued for Zeeland, Zuid-Holland and Noord-Brabant by the national weather service KNMI.
An astronaut on the International Space Station made history yesterday when he "shook hands" with a European Space Agency team member on the ground in Noordwijk, Zuid-Holland through joysticks installed both on the ISS and in the space center. Terry Virts, an astronaut with NASA, used a haptic-feedback joystick while in orbit to share the handshake with Dr. André Schiele, an engineer working with the European Space Agency and TU Delft in the Netherlands.
A cafe where visitors can decide themselves what they are paying for a meal is planning to open a venue in Amsterdam after summer. Previously the entrepreneurs tested the concept of the Geef ("GIve") cafe for six months in a pop-up restaurant in Rotterdam.
The National Union of Architechts (BNA) voted Rotterdam Central Station the building of the year on Thursday. High Tech System Park in Hengelo was also recognized, winning the Audience Award.
Skoda drivers are the best drivers in the Netherlands, as they cause 28 percent fewer accidents and damage compared to the national average, according to research conducted by Generali Nederland. The best drivers in the country live in Drenthe, who caused 24 percent less damage last year than drivers from other provinces, the study also shows.
Lifeguards and the police are handing out temporary wristbands for children on beaches and recreational lakes, reports newswire ANP. Parents can easily write their phone number down on a wristband, so missing children can be quickly reunited with their families when found.
Closing the gates at Rotterdam Centraal seems to be effective, according to Dutch railway operator NS. Sales of tickets at vending machines at the station rose by as much as 73 percen
The European Olympic Committee is nominating the Netherlands to host the 2019 European Games on Sunday, newswire AFP confirmed on Wednesday. The EOC will hold an assembly in Turkey on Saturday where it will listen to the final proposal from the Netherlands and give its approval.
The supervisory board at the International Film Festival Rotterdam confirmed earlier Thursday the appointment of award-winning producer Bero Beyer as the new director of the IFFR. Beyer formally joins the film fest on August 1, replacing Rutger Wolfson who stepped down after eight years in the position.
Not every institution will be allowed to call itself a university or a college in a new initiative proposed by Minister of Education Jet Bussemaker. The ministry proposed a law which more strictly defines names of institutions and awarded degrees.
Heineken's biggest brewery turned 40 years old this month. The brewery is responsible for production of Heineken and Amstel for domestic and international consumption. The current production capacity of the factory is 1.35 billion liters per year, according to a feature in AD.
Producers of Homeland will not shoot next season's episodes in Amsterdam despite a city push to bring the hit American television show to the capital city. Production will take place in Berlin instead, entertainment website Deadline confirmed.
Rotterdam detectives seized over a million euros from homes and business of a suspicious customs officer and his acquaintances, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) states.The investigation turned up 1.17 million euros in cash in shopping bags during a search of the customs officer's home in ’s-Gravenzande, Zuid-Holland,
Authorities in the Netherlands visited the home of the 32-year-old Hague resident arrested as a suspect involved in the Tuesday morning fire at the British Embassy, police spokesman Loek Houtepen told NL Times. His house was searched for evidence related to the fire, but police would not reveal what, if anything, was removed.
The organization behind the Wereldmuseum (World Museum) in Rotterdam is deteriorating, with a falling number of visitors and barely any sponsors, according to a highly-critical audit of the museum by researcher Gitta Luiten.
The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority seized a total of 73 prohibited ivory items on Wednesday, April 8th and Saturday April 11th. Reports were filed against four suspects.
Police intercepted a drone over the Huis ten Bosch palace in The Hague on Tuesday night, according to broadcaster NOS. The man who remotely piloted the aircraft was caught and questioned.
Kees Herweijer was driving his Toyota Auris wagon up the N214 in Wijngaarden, Zuid-Holland at 80 kilometers per hour when he spotted two ducks suddenly attempt to cross the road right in front of him. Realizing it would be possible to at least save one of the two ducks, he hit the brakes and swerved.
The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) has issued a code yellow weather warning for dense fog in Utrecht, Noord-Brabant, Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland.
A 15-year-old boy in Zoetermeer was transported to an area hospital after drinking six half-litre cans of an energy drink.
“Help! My little son Jesse lost his guinea pig Trippel on the train. Can you help?” reads the panicked message from a mom on Twitter to staffers at the national Dutch railway NS. The customer service and public relations teams sprung into action, enlisting children across the country to help track down the missing rodent.