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  • Indonesia’s Push to Execute Drug Offenders, Most Foreigners, Raises Concerns - Local News, Worldwide!
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
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  • Philips to Spin Off Lighting Business in I.P.O.

    NYT > Netherlands
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The move comes after the Dutch electronics giant’s plans to separate itself into two companies: one focused on health care and technology, and another on lighting.
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    22 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
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  • 2014: Increase in Police Officers being Dismissed for Misbehavior

    Bad News from the Netherlands
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:32 am
    More police officers have been dismissed on the grounds of misbehavior in 2014 than in 2013. The increase was about 20%.  Ninety-two police officers were definitely dismissed, and 54 were put on probation. In 11 of these cases, officers were have found to have leaked sensitive information, 6 were dismissed because of fraud, and 10 because of “inappropriate dealing with citizens”. This is a euphemism for sexual misbehavior or acts of violence.
  • Dutch less politically active than Germans

    Dutch Daily News
    Dutch Daily News
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands this week, nearly four in ten Dutch people undertake political activities other than voting in an election.
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  • 2014: Increase in Police Officers being Dismissed for Misbehavior

    22 Mar 2015 | 2:32 am
    More police officers have been dismissed on the grounds of misbehavior in 2014 than in 2013. The increase was about 20%.  Ninety-two police officers were definitely dismissed, and 54 were put on probation. In 11 of these cases, officers were have found to have leaked sensitive information, 6 were dismissed because of fraud, and 10 because of “inappropriate dealing with citizens”. This is a euphemism for sexual misbehavior or acts of violence.
  • Former Intelligence Agent Blackmailed Dutch State

    21 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    A former agent of the Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) has blackmailed the Dutch State. He threatened to go public about his secret activities in Afghanistan. This was stated by Marc Gazenbeek, director legal affairs of the Ministry of Defense before the court in The Hague. He said that the former agent was offered half a million Euro in order to remain silent. The MIVD feared that he would make recordings public from his conversations with other members of its personnel. The former agent had been a policeman in the past and had business activities in Afghanistan. He claims…
  • Closing Brothels Cost Amsterdam 108 Million Euro

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:17 pm
    From a confidential figures obtained by the daily De Telegraaf, the costs of closing about 200 prostitution “windows”  of  Amsterdam’s famous red light district, De Wallen, from 2007 through to 2018 will come to 108 million euros, mainly in payments to the window owners.  All in all, there are 470 such windows in Amsterdam, 126 have already been closed, and negotiations are in progress regarding another 83.
  • Dutch Army Helicopter Crashes; Two UN Peacekeepers Killed

    19 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    A Dutch UN helicopter has crashed in northern Mali. Its two crew members were killed.  This has been announced by the Dutch Ministry of Defense.  The helicopter made a forced landing during a military exercise near the town of Gao.  The Netherlands has 450 military personnel in Mali as part of a UN force of 11,000 troops.
  • Increasing Number of Those Involved in the Islam Debate Get Personal Security

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:49 am
    An increasing number of those involved in the public debate over Islam are given personal security by the local police or the National Coordinator in the Fight against Terror. These people will have to share their daily agenda with the intelligence services.  Their telephones will have trackers so that their location can be monitored and secured, and they will have to provide the addresses of family members and employers.
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  • Netherlands Eats: Tastoe Eten & Drinken @ Utrecht

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:52 pm
    This post is part of a series of posts from my Netherland’s trip, where I was in Apeldoorn for a performance of my work. On that trip, I also visited Amsterdam (for the third time!), stayed with my friend Patrick in The Hague for a few days, visited Utrecht with YCM14 friends and all-round merry-making in the Netherlands. For YCM14, we all had one day off ‘work’ and most of the YCM14 participants decided to explore Utrecht, since we had already explored Amsterdam on our own, and Utrecht was much closer (thus cheaper) to Apeldoorn. It was a very lazy day with people getting…
  • Up, up and away

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:54 pm
    So, here I am. Another year, another dream, another blog. I am perpetually starting blogs and ignoring them. I promise I’ll be good this time. In around just under 6 months, I’ll be moving to the Netherlands for my LLB in global law. After living in Italy during my late teens through early 20s, I’ve spent the last few years of my life back in my native New York. Make no mistake–New York is my jam, but I need something more. Itching for a new adventure, I spun the proverbial globe of life and my finger landed on the Netherlands. Okay, it actually didn’t happen…
  • Carbon pollution the cause of mass extinction events. 

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:41 pm
    A mass extinction is an event in the fossil record, a fossilised disaster if you like, in which a massive, globally widespread and geologically rapid loss of species occurred from numerous environments. The “Big five” extinctions of the Phanerozoic (that time since the beginning of the Cambrian period, 541 million years ago) are those in which, in each instance, over half of known species disappeared from the fossil record. How did they happen? The causes of such events, with a truly global reach, have been a well-known bone of contention within the Earth Sciences community over many…
  • American Kids Tried Breakfast From Around The World And Their Reactions Are Too Much

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    …And only a few of them spit it back out! 1. Cut Video and Kitchen BowlRead more…
  • Diggin' This: Beatsofreen - "Deliverance"

    Dan Digs
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:02 pm
      This gentle, pastoral, uptempo beat jam “Deliverance” by Utrecht, Netherlands producer Beatsofreen is my track of the day.       Like Bonobo gone folk-boogie.   Love it.   Beatsofreen – “Deliverance”           Beatsofreen‘s new EP, Dimensions, is forthcoming on Singapore’s Darker Than Wax label.                    
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  • Conference on Parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    Middlesex University and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights are co-organising a conference on the interface of national parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights. The conference will be held in Warsaw, Poland, on 12 May from 09:30 to 17:30 (CEST).Confirmed speakers include (former) ECtHR Judges Myjer and Kaladjieva; Almut Wittling-Vogel (the Representative of the German Federal Government for Matters Relating to Human Rights); Murray Hunt (legal adviser to the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights); Polish Senator Michal Seweryński; Polish Government Agent Justyna Chrzanowska;…
  • Conference on 20 years after McCann v UK

    10 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    This year it will be twenty years since the European Court issued its key judgment in the case of McCann and others v the United Kingdom, finding violations of the right to life in relation to British anti-terrorist operation in Gibraltar. To reflect upon the judgment's aftermath and meaning, dr Stephen Skinner of the Centre for European Legal Studies of the University of Exeter is organising a conference entitled "Lethal Force, Policing and the ECHR: McCann and Others v UK at Twenty". The event will be held at Doughty Street Chambers in London on 25 March. This is the organiser's abstract of…
  • Hutchinson v UK: The right to hope (revisited)…

    10 Feb 2015 | 5:44 am
    I am happy to present a guest comment by Dr Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou of the University of Surrey on the recent judgment of Hutchinson v the United Kingdom:The European Court of Human Rights has recently delivered a judgment in the case of Hutchinson v the United Kingdom The applicant in this case is serving a life-long imprisonment sentence. It means that he will never be eligible for an early release. Two years ago in the case of Vinter the Court ruled that such a practice is incompatible with the Convention. This short comment examines whether the new judgment develops or modifies the…
  • Two New Judges Elected to the Court

    2 Feb 2015 | 6:59 am
    Last week, two new judges were elected to serve at the European Court of Human Rights. In respect of Bulgaria, the newly elected judge is Yonko Grozev. He received 108 of 187 votes cast. Grozev wil succeed Zdravka Khalaydjieva. With his election the Court seems to gain a solid voice for human rights, at least judging from his CV: he is an active human rights lawyer, having taken cases both to Bulgarian courts and to the European Court itself. In fact, it is fair to say that he has litigated in a large number of the most notable ECHR cases concerning Bulgaria, including…
  • New Book on Effects and Implementation of Judgments of the Court

    19 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    Professors Anja Seibert-Fohr (University of Goettingen) and Mark Villiger (judge at the European Court in respect of Liechtenstein) have compiled an edited volume following the very successful conference on the European Court of Human Rights held at Goettingen in 2013. The book is entitled 'Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights - Effects and Implementation' and has been published with Nomos Verlag. This is the abstract: This volume deals with the domestic effects of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights as a challenge to the various levels of legal orders in Europe.
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  • Minka

    15 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    Minka from Birdling Films on Vimeo. A poetic documentary found on Made with Kickstarter, a series by the New York Times, about a Japanese farmhouse, taken apart an rebuilt by an American Journalist, John Roderick, Japanese and China correspondent for the Associated Press and his Japanese adopted son. Minka is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Sunday, March 15, 2015Minka is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90 I took this photo of the painting of the Scheveningen 11 and Scheveningen 90 by Hendrik Willem Mesdag in the Groninger Museum. I’m not sure whether the painting belongs to its collection or not. I took the photo to use it for a post here about Hendrik Willem Mesdag, an important Dutch painter of the The Hague School. We have a panorama in The Hague, Panorama Mesdag and we have the Mesdag Collection in The Hague, a small museum which consists of his former home and studio’s, but also of the small museum he built himself for his own art…
  • Quote of the Day (20) – no D.O.M. but S.S.C.

    9 Feb 2015 | 1:14 am
    Long time no quotes, but here is one;-) I’m not a Dirty Old Man, but a Sexy Senior Citizen is an apt sign I saw at the back of a car. Quote of the Day (20) – no D.O.M. but S.S.C. is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Monday, February 9, 2015Quote of the Day (20) – no D.O.M. but S.S.C. is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Skull Speakers

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    I’ve visited IMM Cologne yesterday, mainly hunting for chair news. However, I noticed these skull docking stations on display. They come in 7 colors if I’m counting right. I won’t disclose more about the manufacturer than I did here already (think ALT…). I believe it is something you don’t want to use in your home, but many may disagree with me. At least they are interesting photo objects… Skull Speakers is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, January 27, 2015Skull Speakers…
  • Kneuterdijk Palace

    24 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    Architect Daniël Marot designed the Kneuterdijk palace in The Hague, The Netherlands, for Johan Hendrik, Count Van Wassenaer van Opdam. It was built between 1720 and 1730. Later, in 1816, the palace was bought by King Willem I of the Netherlands for his son, the later King William II who was married to Anna Pavlovna, a daughter of the Russian Czar, Paul I. In 1848 a new version of the Dutch Constitution was announced from its balcony by King Willem II. After WW II it was the seat of the Dutch War Tribunal. Currently, after extensive renovations, it is the seat of the Dutch Council of State,…
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  • Ruim 4 miljoen zien finale Boer zoekt vrouw

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:32 am
    De finale-aflevering van het KRO-programma Boer zoekt vrouw heeft zondagavond ruim 4,2 miljoen kijkers getrokken. Dat blijkt uit de cijfers die de Stichting Kijkonderzoek maandag bekendmaakte. Maar liefst 4.287.000 mensen keken naar de ontknoping...
  • Madeira Open afgelast wegens slecht weer

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    Het Madeira Open is zondag afgesloten zonder dat er een golfer de baan van Santo da Serra is op geweest. De organisatie was gedwongen het evenement af te gelasten door het aanhoudende slechte weer op het Portugese bloemeneiland. De deelnemers,...
  • Afellay met Olympiakos fluitend naar titel

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:11 am
    Het ziet ernaar uit dat Ibrahim Afellay dit seizoen fluitend kampioen wordt met zijn Griekse club Olympiakos Piraeus. De koploper won zondag thuis moeiteloos van Kerkyra (3-0), terwijl concurrent Panathinaikos met David Mendes da Silva als...
  • Fenerbahçe in slotminuut langs Besiktas

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:09 am
    Fenerbahçe heeft zondag in blessuretijd van Besiktas gewonnen. Moussa Sow bracht het thuispubliek in vervoering door vlak voor tijd het enige doelpunt te maken: 1-0. Door die treffer blijft de strijd om de Turkse landstitel ongemeen...
  • Kishna loopt knieblessure op

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:08 am
    Ricardo Kishna heeft zondag een knieblessure opgelopen in het thuisduel van Ajax met ADO Den Haag (1-0). De aanvaller moest zich in de openingsfase van de tweede helft laten vervangen. "Hij klaagde in de rust al", zei trainer Frank de Boer. "Maar...
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  • 'Holleeder onder zware bewaking overgebracht naar Vught'

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:31 am
    Willem Holleeder is vlak voor het weekeinde onder zware bewaking overgebracht naar de Extra Beveiligde Inrichting (EBI) in Vught, aldus De Telegraaf. De plotselinge overplaatsing van Holleeder heeft volgens justitiebronnen niet te maken met ontsnappingsplannen, maar met ontwikkelingen in het onderzoek.
  • Alleen auto's met oneven kenteken mogen Parijs in

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:12 am
    Alleen voertuigen met een oneven kenteken mogen vandaag Parijs en 22 omliggende gemeenten inrijden. Burgemeester Anne Hidalgo van de Franse hoofdstad heeft daartoe besloten om de ernstige luchtvervuiling in de stad terug te dringen. Het is de eerste keer sinds 1 oktober 1997 dat zo'n maatregel is genomen. Toen was er in Parijs en omgeving 20 procent minder autoverkeer.
  • Opnieuw verzekering tegen overstromingsschade

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:03 am
    Huishoudens kunnen zich binnenkort weer verzekeren tegen overstromingsschade. Het verzekeringsbedrijfje Neerlandse komt opnieuw met een polis die dekking biedt tegen schade bij overstromingen.
  • 'Kampioensstress bij PSV? Nee, echt niet.'

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:13 am
    Met een riante voorsprong van veertien punten ging PSV begin deze maand de topper tegen Ajax in, maar drie weken later is het gat geslonken naar acht punten. Gaat de tot voor kort zo dominante ploeg van trainer Phillip Cocu de titelstrijd toch nog spannend maken? ,,Nee hoor, wij blijven rustig. We zijn liever later klaar, dan dat we vroegtijdig falen'', aldus een filosofische Memphis Depay.
  • Luis Enrique vol lof over Barça-held Luis Suárez

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Coach Luis Enrique van Barcelona was vol lof over Luis Suárez. De oud-Ajacied bezorgde zijn ploeg met een fraaie treffer de overwinning op Real Madrid (2-1). Suárez nam de bal in de tweede helft perfect aan na een voorzet van Dani Alves en passeerde doelman Iker Casillas.
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  • 'Asielplan VVD kan coalitie uiteendrijven'

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:25 am
    De verkiezingscampagnes zijn net afgerond en de VVD komt met een voorstel om het Europese asielbeleid af te schaffen. Een plan dat coalitiegenoot PvdA niet wil. Wat doet dit met de coalitie? Politiek verslaggever Joost Vullings over het nieuwe voorstel van de VVD.De PvdA vindt dit plan onaanvaardbaar. Wordt dit de splijtzwam van de coalitie?"Dat kan het zeker worden. De VVD wil dat het kabinet dit plan in Brussel aandraagt om andere EU-landen mee te krijgen. Als premier Rutte en de VVD-ministers achter het plan gaan staan, is er een groot conflict in het kabinet.""Het asiel- en…
  • Gemeenten miljoenen kwijt aan no-cure-no-paybureaus

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:23 am
    Gemeenten betalen jaarlijks enkele miljoenen euro's aan no-cure-no-paybureaus. Naar schatting gaat het om een bedrag van 4,5 tot 11 miljoen euro. De bureaus dienen namens burgers bezwaar in tegen de WOZ-waarde van een woning. Als een bezwaar wordt toegewezen, moet de gemeente het bureau compenseren voor de gemaakte kosten. De burger betaalt dan minder belasting.Dit jaar maken minder Nederlanders bezwaar tegen de WOZ-waarde dan de afgelopen jaren het geval was. Bewoners zijn sneller tevreden, omdat de WOZ-waarde is gedaald, terwijl de huizenprijzen licht zijn gestegen. Niet in verhoudingMensen…
  • 'Koningsdag moet goedkoper en creatiever'

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    "De organisatie van Koningsdag ontkomt niet aan de bezuinigingen", zegt Sylvia Hörmann van de Koninklijke Bond van Oranjeverenigingen. "We hebben de handen ineen moeten slaan. Het moet allemaal economischer." Vandaag wordt het programma van Koningsdag 2015 gepresenteerd. Vorig jaar maakte koning Willem-Alexander al bekend dat, anders dan voorgaande jaren, de koninklijke familie één gemeente zal bezoeken in plaats van twee. Minder vrijwilligers"De bezuinigingen slaan overal toe en we hebben steeds minder vrijwilligers", vertelde Hörmann in het NOS Radio 1 Journaal. "We moeten dan heel…
  • Eerste kandidaat voor het Witte Huis meldt zich: Ted Cruz

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:43 pm
    De Amerikaanse senator Ted Cruz heeft aangekondigd kandidaat te zijn voor de presidentsverkiezingen, volgend jaar in de Verenigde Staten. De Republikein maakte zijn kandidatuur bekend via Twitter.In een filmpje op Twitter zegt hij in Amerika en zijn volk te geloven. "Om Amerika weer groots te maken is een nieuwe generatie van moedige conservatieven nodig. Ik ben er klaar voor die strijd te leiden." Cruz is nu senator voor Texas. Zijn vader is een Cubaanse immigrant, en als hij uiteindelijk in het Witte Huis terechtkomt, zou hij de eerste president zijn met Latijns-Amerikaanse…
  • Geen e-sigaret meer voor jongeren onder de 18

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:17 pm
    De eisen en regels voor alle e-sigaretten worden verscherpt en de verkoop aan jongeren onder de 18 wordt verboden. Staatssecretaris Van Rijn vindt de maatregelen nodig omdat de e-sigaret schadelijker is dan aanvankelijk werd gedacht. Hij baseert zich op onderzoek van het RIVM en de NVWA, die de gezondheidsrisico's hebben onderzocht."Het roken van tabak is weliswaar veel schadelijker, maar we moeten er alles aan doen om jongeren te weerhouden van roken", zegt Van Rijn.NicotineOm de gezondheidsrisico's te beperken wordt de Tabakswet aangescherpt. Dat kan onder meer betekenen dat er eisen worden…
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  • Dagfoto: IJsbeertweeling

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:33 am
    Een ijsbeertweeling van drie maanden oud genietend van de wortels in Diergaarde Blijdorp.
  • 'Boskalis blijft uit op overname Fugro'

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:31 am
    Boskalis blijft een overname van Fugro nastreven. Dat liet Rabobank maandag weten.
  • Verkoop onderdeel AkzoNobel vertraagd

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:31 am
    AkzoNobel loopt vertraging op bij de verkoop van het onderdeel Paper Chemicals aan Kemira. Omdat het Finse bedrijf nog altijd wacht op toestemming voor de overname van de Oekraïense autoriteiten, kan de deal pas in het tweede kwartaal worden afgerond in plaats van het eerste.
  • Uitslag Stelling: Optimisme ver te zoeken

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    De beurzen gaan omhoog, de bouw trekt aan en het consumentenvertrouwen stijgt weer.Toch vinden de deelnemers aan De Stelling van de Dag niet dat de crisis voorbij is.
  • Fans acteur: selfie na seks

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:27 am
    Full House-acteur John Stamos geeft zich volledig bloot over zijn liefdesleven. De inmiddels 51-jarige 'uncle Jesse' krijgt bijzondere verzoeken van fans. Zoals een selfie nadat hij ze verwende.
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  • ‘Mannen vinden het moeilijker om snacks te weerstaan’

    Maarten Back
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:36 am
    Een kroket, hamburger of een bak friet. Niet iedereen kan de verleiding weerstaan. Vooral mannen hebben daar moeite mee. Tenminste, dat schreef het Algemeen Dagblad onlangs. Zou het? Vinden mannen het lastiger dan vrouwen om snacks te weerstaan? Next. checkt (€) Lees verder op…Lees meer over: snacks, weerstaan
  • Hondervijftigduizend euro meer voor nieuwe topman Delta Lloyd

    Eva Smal
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:28 am
    De nieuwe topman van Delta Lloyd krijgt 150.000 euro meer loon dan zijn voorganger. Waar de onder druk van DNB vertrokken Niek Hoek acht ton als vast salaris kreeg overgemaakt, is dat voor Hans van der Noordaa 950.000 euro. Dat meldt de verzekeraar in het jaarverslag. Daaruit blijkt verder dat het bestuur niet alle bonussen krijgt toegekend. Reden voor de loonsverhoging voor de topman is het aankomende bonusplafond van 20 procent, legt de raad van commissarissen uit in het verslag. Al voor meer financiële instellingen was dat een reden om de vaste verdiensten te verhogen, bleek vorige week…
  • De toppers leverden prima materiaal voor de Goal van het Weekend

    Jules Seegers
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:28 am
    Het was zo’n weekend waarin je op zondagochtend de nummer 1 van het weekend al wel in de pocket denkt te hebben. En dan wordt ‘s middags toch nog even een blikje topgoals opengetrokken. Alle hulplijnen werden uiteindelijk benut om tot de selectie vanochtend te komen. 3. Anass Achahbar (Feyenoord) Eerst zou hier Cameron Jerome van Norwich City komen te staan. Hij had net als Achahbar - die toch eigenlijk een soort halve pirouette hanteerde - een prima gevoel voor de snelheid van de pass en zijn eigen draaicirkel. Fraai doelpunt van Jerome, maar hij werd door de zondagmiddag dus…
  • Opeens treedt Suárez uit de schaduw van Messi en Neymar jr.

    David Haakman
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:37 am
    Het heeft even geduurd, maar Luis Suárez toont zijn waarde voor Barcelona. Hij besliste het duel met Real Madrid: 2-1. Lees verder op…
  • De Duitsers zijn de baas op de Amsterdamse Zuidas

    Yordi Dam
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    De kantoortorens van de Amsterdamse Zuidas vormen hét zakenhart van Nederland. Maar steeds minder daarvan zijn in Nederlandse handen, blijkt uit recent onderzoek. De Duitsers bezitten de meeste panden. Lees verder op…
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  • Boijmans van Beuningen to build special satellite

    22 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    To be designed by Rotterdam architecture firm MVRDV, the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam wants to build a € 50m private art depot to display its artworks along with the ones of private collections. This would mean an additional 145,000 artworks could be seen, which otherwise would stay hidden from view. The museum sees this as a great way to fund itself. “We are stimulating the market and taking a piece of the market back to the museum,” director Sjarel Ex explained at a presentation at the Tefaf art fair in Maastricht on 13 March. The ‘collection building’ does…
  • Toy shop sells mirrors for assaulting women

    21 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    A distant cousin of the 1970s T-shirt ‘Sex inspector first lesson free’ that was once funny but now icky, this wonderful gadget called the ‘Extendable inspection mirror’ could be used as a toy to find things stuck behind furniture, but the image on the box suggests otherwise. The image conveyed here is that it is OK for young boys (what is up with those glasses?) to sexually assault women because it’s funny. Although I’m glad Dutch folks on Twitter blew the whistle on this one, the typical ‘we thought it was odd too, but we stacked in the shelves…
  • First ever Dutch Comic Con: many supporting actors

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    On 28 and 29 March, the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht will play host to the first ever Dutch Comic Con, which promises to be a proper cheesy nerd fest full of sci-fi, cosplay and meet & greets with famous supporting actors. The big names will be Ernie Hudson who played Winston Zeddemore in the original Ghostbusters film and the Ecto 1 vehicle, as well as a bunch of supporting actors from series and movies that most of us have to look up. Ivan Lok, owner of Comic Toys, a site that has been pulled offline and associated with theft and bad behaviour by many online, is the organiser of Dutch Comic…
  • Stedelijk Museum bans man threatening to pee on art

    19 Mar 2015 | 2:10 am
    Not only has a man threatened to pee on art from South African artist Marlene Dumas at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, but he is also a known Dutch artist, Rob van Koningsbruggen, giving this story a hint of sour grapes. In 2012 the Stedelijk Museum had banned Van Koningsbruggen based on an email threat to pee all over the work ‘Osama Bin Laden’ by Dumas, saying that his stream of urine would greatly improve the painting. The sad thing is, Van Koningsbruggen had a name for himself in the art world until about 2000 and after that he’s been mostly known for his criminal…
  • Dutch data retention law scrapped for now

    18 Mar 2015 | 3:23 am
    A ruling from the District Court of The Hague says that Dutch telecoms no longer have to retain Internet and phone traffic data for law enforcement purposes because the retention law infringes on the privacy of the Dutch. The law required telecoms to save the communication and location data of everyone in the country from six months up to year, which was disproportionate for the courts. Saving all that data in order to fight possible crimes made everyone a suspect, never mind how bad the government is at data storage. Journalists, lawyers and activists are thrilled with the verdict because it…
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  • 18 stunningly beautiful pictures of Amsterdam

    Jan M.
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:14 am
    Amsterdam is beautiful and loved by many professional and amateur photographers, so there’s many pictures floating around on the internet… not all of them are gems, but most are certainly enjoyable to look at. Because there’s so many pictures of the city I decided to have  look and see if I can make a cool collection of what I think are among the best pictures of Amsterdam out there. I’ve picked out 18 of the most stunning photo’s I could find. I’m quite sure you’ll be amazed! 1. I really love the lights on the bridges:P   2. The Amsterdam…
  • 14 Reasons to visit the Netherlands in Spring!

    Jan M.
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    Spring is a lovely time to visit the Netherlands! The days are getting longer, the flowers make for beautiful sights and you can sit and enjoy a beer outside until late in the evening…. ok maybe in the beginning of spring a patio heater may be nice to make sure you’re warm enough but there will be plenty of days you can do without:) Want to know why you should visit the Netherlands in spring? Here you go: 1.  Tulips 2. Tulips and Mills 3. Take your bike out to the park 4. Pick nick in the Vondelpark 5. Even the cows are happier in spring! 6. A river of flowers 7. Drink a cold one…
  • Bowl and Fun Emmen

    Jan M.
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
    When it comes to bowling and having fun in Emmen, Bowl & Fun Emmen is the place to go.  The establishment can be used as a place for fun and recreation, but it can also be used as a venue for meetings, team buildings and parties for celebrating special occasions. Guests will find everything they need to organize a successful and fun-filled party at the Bowl & Fun Emmen. Amenities in Bowl & Fun First of all, the establishment provides guests with service and food packages of great value, and designed to keep people’s stomachs full while having a good game of bowling. Bowl &…
  • Dutch Terror Owl Strikes Again

    Jan M.
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:57 am
    Terror Owl –   The aggressive owl that has been terrorizing residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend strikes again! On the morning of Friday the 6th a paper boy was severely injured when the European eagle owl attacked. Employees of a nearby company helped the woman who was covered in blood and had a big bump on her face. Citizens were recommended to use an umbrella to protect themselves. Strangely enough the owl targets mostly woman. Already over 20 people have been attacked of which some were hospitalized and needed to be stitched up. Earlier this week permission…
  • Bowling And Party Centrum Hilversum

    Jan M.
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:22 am
    Bowling can either be a sport or a leisurely activity depending on one’s mood but bowling can truly be a fun way to unwind, hang out and enjoy the company of friends.  The best place to go bowling in Hilversum is none other than the Bowling and Party Centrum where glow bowling is played every Wednesday and Friday.     And what exactly is glow bowling, you may ask.  Simply put, lights go out and you go your merry bowling way.  It has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. History Traces of bowling as a game dates back to the time of Ancient Egypt and artifacts show that bowling…
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  • Posthoornkerk

    21 Mar 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Amsterdam For Visitors The Posthoornkerk church is the first church in Amsterdam designed by architect PJH Cuypers, who later went on to design Amsterdam central station and the Rijksmuseum. Construction of the church began in September 1861. The church towers were erected between 1887 and 1889. In the 1970s the church was threatened with demolition but thankfully this was avoided and in 1989 the renovated building was be opened. #Posthoornkerk #Church #towers #spires #neogothic #architecture #Cuypers #harlemmerstraat #Amsterdam #Holland #netherlands Instagram filter used: Normal Photo taken…
  • The Bench Leidsegracht 4, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    20 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Amsterdam For Visitors The Fault in Our Stars fans showing their love at “the bench” in Leidsegracht Amsterdam with lovelocks and graffiti. There’s often a constant line of people waiting to have their photo taken sitting on the bench where Hazel & Gus sat. The original bench was actually stolen shortly after the film was released! The city council quickly replaced it #tfios #theFaultInOurStars #bench #okayokay #leidsegracht #canal #amsterdam #netherlands Instagram filter used: Normal Photo taken at: The Bench #tfios Leidsegracht 4, Amsterdam, the Netherlands The post…
  • Amsterdam Brewing Company

    19 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    Amsterdam For Visitors Cafè de Saloon located on the Lijnbaangracht canal in the Spiegelkwartier district. The Cafè in this tall elegant building began in 1971 as a Wild West theme bar. The bar inside has a warm friendly atmosphere and, as you would expect, is long and narrow! The large terrace outside is a great place to enjoy one of their fine home brewed beers and watch the world go by. De Saloon also serves breakfasts, lunches, snacks and evening meals.#Cafè #cafeDeSaloon #bar #pub #long #tall #architecture #lijnbaansgracht #amsterdam #netherlands Instagram filter used: Normal Photo…
  • Top 5 Amsterdam Museums 2014

    10 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    Amsterdam For Visitors 2014 saw an increase in each of Amsterdam's top 5 museums. The Rijksmuseum was again the most popular museum in Amsterdam with numbers rising by 200,000 from 2,250,000 to 2,450,000. The post Top 5 Amsterdam Museums 2014 appeared first on Amsterdam for Visitors.
  • Oude Kerk

    10 Mar 2015 | 3:48 am
    Amsterdam For Visitors One of the wooden spiral staircases in the Oude Kerk dating back to 16th century. #staircase #stairs #woodenStaircase #englishSpiralStaircase #engineering #construction #handmade #wooden #carpentry #marvels #medieval #spiral #spiralStaircase #oudeKerk #deWallen #mokum #amsterdam #netherlands #holland Instagram filter used: Inkwell Photo taken at: Oude Kerk The post Oude Kerk appeared first on Amsterdam for Visitors.
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