Heat Plan activated as hot weekend approaches

With a hot weekend ahead of the Netherlands, public health institute RIVM decided to activate the National Heat Plan for the entire country from Saturday. Maximums in the high twenties and low thirties are expected for the weekend and early next week.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on August 23, 2019 - 18:00

Dutch man, 75, arrested for sexually abusing toddler in Brazil

A 75-year-old Dutch man was arrested in Brazil in March for sexually abusing a 2-year-old child. The suspect is a known pedophile who was convicted in Brazil 15 years ago for child sex abuse and sentenced to four years in prion, RTL Nieuws reports.
The suspect lives in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza. He contacted the Dutch embassy for assistance. 
Submitted by Janene Pieters on August 23, 2019 - 17:20

Dutch gov't to tackle SMS phishing scams

The government wants to change the Netherlands' telecom law to make it easier for the Dutch authority on consumers and markets ACM to tackle the "growing problem" of phishing scams via SMS, a spokesperson for State Secretary Mona Keijzer of Economic Affairs confirmed to NU.nl after a report in RTL Nieuws.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on August 23, 2019 - 16:40

New Amsterdam project to give preteen girls the "tools and space to change the world"

This fall, young girls will have the opportunity to boost their confidence and gain new skills at  Project Fearless, a non-profit organization aimed at empowering girls 9 - 14. 
Founder Mérida Miller believes Amsterdam is the ideal place for such an initiative because of the city's “diverse and international community.” Miller saw an opportunity to target younger girls when she noticed that many of the empowerment programs in Amsterdam focused on adult women. 
Submitted by Keishel Williams on August 23, 2019 - 15:50

Missing Dutch cyber expert died in kayaking accident, Norwegian police believe

Just over a year after the disappearance of Arjen Kamphuis in Norway, the Norwegian police closed the file. The investigators believe that the Dutch cyber security expert likely died in a kayaking accident and that his body ended up in the sea, NU.nl reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on August 23, 2019 - 15:00

Utrecht home with hidden tunnel system sold

A home in the Utrecht neighborhood of Lombok under which the police found a mysterious hidden tunnel system of some 18 meters long, was recently sold, the broker who handled the transaction said to the Telegraaf. According to the broker, the seller did not know about the secret passages and it is unclear whether the buyer does.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on August 23, 2019 - 14:10

Home ownership out of reach for average Dutch worker

Buying a house is nearly impossible in large parts of the Netherlands for single-income Dutch households who earn an average income of 36 thousand euros, according to an analysis by mortgage adviser De Hypotheker. In the province of Utrecht, average single-income households can only afford 1 percent of the homes that are for sale, RTL Z reports.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on August 23, 2019 - 13:20

Solitary confinement still too often used on kids in closed institutions

Children in closed youth care institutions are still too often placed in solitary confinement, either in an isolation room or in their own room, according to the Healthcare and Youth Inspectorate. Closed youth care institutions agreed with the Ministry of Health to stop using solitary confinement by 2022, but the Inspectorate worries that they won't meet that deadline, the Volkskrant reports. 
Submitted by Janene Pieters on August 23, 2019 - 12:30

Sunny, hot and festival filled weekend ahead for Netherlands

This weekend will be sunny and hot in the Netherlands - perfect weather for spending the day at the beach, going to a festival or just generally spending time outdoors. With maximums in the high twenties and low thirties, no wind and little rain expected, this weekend will have perfect summer weather, according to Weeronine.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on August 23, 2019 - 11:36

Suspect in teen girl's murder to stay in custody

A 16-year-old boy suspected of stabbing a 15-year-old girl to death in a Breda home on Monday was remanded to 14 days in custody by the court in Breda during his arraignment on Thursday. The Public Prosecutor suspects the boy of murder or manslaughter, AD reports.
The girl, identified as Megan by local media, was stabbed stabbed in a home on Bilderdijkstraat in Breda, where she lived with her mother. Despite emergency services' attempts to resuscitate her, she died at the scene.
Submitted by Janene Pieters on August 23, 2019 - 11:00