Up to 5 years in prison demanded for performing exorcism on 9 y.o. boy

The Public Prosecutor demanded up to five years in prison against three adults who tried to perform an exorcism on a 9-year-old boy from Venlo. The boy's mother and a couple she's friends with tried to expel a jinn - a supernatural being fromm Islamic theology - from the child, L1 reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on February 21, 2019 - 17:00

Dutch toy store chain Intertoys declared bankrupt

Toy store chain Intertoys was declared bankrupt by the court in Amsterdam on Thursday. The chain's stores will remain open for the time being at the request of the bankruptcy administrators, who are still focusing on a restart for the company, NU.nl reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on February 21, 2019 - 16:10

Rotterdam, The Hague also ban releasing balloons

Before the end of this year Rotterdam and The Hague will ban the release of balloons. The city council in both cities approved such a ban on Wednesday. Utrecht is also discussing a ban this week and the expectation is that a majority in the city council will be in favor, NOS reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on February 21, 2019 - 15:20

Helmond teacher a finalist for 'world's best teacher'

Teacher Daisy Mertens of primary school De Vuurvogel in Helmond is one of ten finalists for the Global Teacher Prize, the award for the best teacher in the world, organizer the . The finalists were chosen from over 10 thousand nominations from 179 countries. 
Submitted by Janene Pieters on February 21, 2019 - 14:30

Two Amsterdam restaurants in Europe's Top 50 Burgers ranking

Two Amsterdam restaurants made it into the Europe's Top 50 Burgers ranking by global travel site Big 7 Travel. Not only did Burger Bar and The Beef Chief's burgers get into the top 50, but they made it into the top 10.
serves the 8th best burger in Europe. The company has three locations in Amsterdam and is easily one of Amsterdam's most popular burger joints, according to the site. "Perfect after a few beers", the site says about the burgers. 
Submitted by Janene Pieters on February 21, 2019 - 13:40

Green party wants to abolish flights between Amsterdam and Brussels

GroenLinks wants to completely abolish flights between the airports of Amsterdam and Brussels. According to the green party, the train on this route is "effectively almost always faster and always better for the environment". The measure can also relieve some pressure on the already overcrowded Schiphol, AD reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on February 21, 2019 - 12:50

Reports about "disturbed" persons doubled in 8 years

Last year the police received over 90 thousand reports about "disturbed people", double the number received eight years ago, the police said in a statement. In 2017 the , and that number increased by 8 percent in 2018 to 90,605.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on February 21, 2019 - 12:00

Stabbing in Apeldoorn center leaves one seriously hurt; suspect arrested

At least one person was seriously hurt in a stabbing on a parking lot in the heart of Apeldoorn on Thursday. The victim was rushed to hospital by ambulance. A suspect was arrested with the help of witnesses and a local resident, De Stentor reports.
The parking lot on Rosariumstraat is cordoned off with police tape. A trauma helicopter was dispatched to the scene, but it was later canceled, according to the newspaper. So far nothing is known about the extent of the victim's injuries or the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on February 21, 2019 - 11:10

Stop blaming victims on social media, Dutch Victim Support says

Victim Support Netherlands is calling on people to stop posting hurtful comments about traffic accidents, crimes and disasters on social media. This includes comments like "own fault" or "they should have known better". Such remarks deeply affect victims and their loved ones, which is why Victim Support is launching an online campaign against hurtful reactions on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, NOS reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on February 21, 2019 - 10:20

Dutch benefits agency illegally granted 1,900 Dutch lifelong benefits: report

Dutch benefits agency UWV illegally awarded al lifelong benefit to at least 1,900 people with an occupational disability. The files of these sick Dutch people were briefly assessed by nurses, and not by an insurance physician as stated in the law, experts and a whistleblower at UWV said to RTL Nieuws.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on February 21, 2019 - 09:31