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August 28, 2016

FC Barcelona signs Jasper Cillessen

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

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On Thursday, Spanish football club FC Barcelona announced signing of Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Dutch capital football club AFC Ajax for €13 million on a five-year deal. Per the agreement, Barça is obliged to pay add-ons of €2 million.

File photo of Jasper Cillessen, 2015.
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27-year-old Cillessen made his professional debut for his boyhood club N.E.C in 2010. A year later, he joined Ajax for €3.2 million. Spending five years at the Amsterdam ArenA, Cillessen has won three Eredivisie titles in a row and one Dutch Super Cup in 2014.

Cillessen made his last appearance for Ajax on Wendsday, losing 4–1 (5–2 on aggregate) against Russian club FC Rostov in the UEFA Champions League’s qualifying round. Cillessen underwent his medical tests on Thursday. Afterwards, he posted on Instagram saying, “Dreams do come true!”((es)) Cillessen was to be presented at Camp Nou on Friday.

Shortly after Cillessen’s signing, Barcelona announced their previous goalkeeper and Chile’s captain Claudio Bravo joined Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.


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October 14, 2015

Netherlands out of Euro 16 as van Persie scores own goal against Czech Republic

Netherlands out of Euro 16 as van Persie scores own goal against Czech Republic

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Yesterday, the Netherlands football team crashed out of the UEFA Euro Cup 2016 after a 2–3 defeat against the Czech Republic in a qualifying match. Dutch player Robin van Persie scored an own goal.

The match was held in the Amsterdam ArenA in the Dutch capital. Turkey, Iceland and the Czech Republic qualified for the tournament from group A, Turkey defeating Iceland 1–0 to take third position.

The Dutch team, nicknamed Oranje, had 60% ball possession in front of the Czechs. The match saw six yellow cards and one red card. Four Dutch players were shown yellow cards. A total of 30 fouls were committed in the match, seventeen by the Dutch, and thirteen by the Czechs. Czech defender Suchý was sent off in the 43rd minute.

The first half saw two goals by the visitors, three yellow cards, and one red card. The first goal came in the 24th minute. Kaderábek, assisted by Skalák, scored. Tomáš Necid assisted for the second goal, Josef Šural scoring in the bottom left corner.

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In the second half, Robin van Persie scored an own goal in the 66th minute, providing the visitors a 3–0 lead. The Dutch side won a corner in the 70th minute, from which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar reduced the goal difference with a header, assisted by Wesley Sneijder.

Later, in the 83rd minute, van Persie scored in the correct net, making it 2–3 for the Netherlands, assisted by Bas Dost. In the next minute, van Persie was booked for diving.

The match ended in a 2–3 loss for the Oranje, and they failed to qualify for the Euros for the first time since 1984. In order to qualify, the Dutch had to beat the Czechs and rely on Iceland to beat Turkey. A ten-man Turkish side defeated Iceland 1–0 and qualified for the tournament.

Group A standings
Position Team P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic 10 7 1 2 19 14 5 22
2 Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland 10 6 2 2 17 6 11 20
3 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey 10 5 3 2 14 9 5 18
4 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands 10 4 1 5 17 14 3 13
5 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan 10 1 2 7 7 18 -11 5
6 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia 10 0 5 5 6 19 -13 5




The Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2 – 3 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
Referee: Damir Skomina, Slovenia
Huntelaar Scored after 70 minutes 70′ Booked after 20 minutes 20′
van Persie Scored after 83 minutes 83′ Booked after 84 minutes 84′
Blind Booked after 30 minutes 30′
Sneijder Booked after 88 minutes 88′
Kadeřábek Scored after 24 minutes 24′
Šural Scored after 35 minutes 35′
van Persie Scored after 66 minutes 66′ (o.g.)
Skalák Booked after 41 minutes 41′
Suchý Sent off after 43' 43′
Selassie Booked after 90+2 minutes 90+2′

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13 12


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4 3


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6 5


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November 2, 2012

Sale of cannabis to tourists to continue promises Amsterdam mayor

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Tourists visiting Amsterdam to smoke cannabis will continue to be able to legally buy it after the mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, rejected plans to ban tourists from buying the drug in the city’s coffee shops.

The previous national government of the Netherlands introduced a new law restricting sale of cannabis to Dutch residents. The new government has decided that local authorities would have the ability to decide whether to impose the ban or not. Amsterdam, which has around 1.5 million people visit each year to smoke cannabis legally purchased in coffee shops, has decided not to impose the ban.

van der Laan argued that a ban “would lead to more robberies, quarrels about fake drugs, and no control of the quality of drugs on the market”. Owners of coffee shops argued that 90% of their business comes from foreign tourists attracted to the city by the liberal rules on consuming cannabis.



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April 23, 2012

Netherlands train crash kills one, injures at least 117

Netherlands train crash kills one, injures at least 117

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This article says the collision occurred “yesterday”; in fact, it occurred on Saturday.
 

Monday, April 23, 2012

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Two passenger trains collided head-on in the area of Sloterdijk in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, local authorities have confirmed. One 68-year-old woman died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. At least 117 were also reportedly injured in the crash.

One of the two trains involved in the crash was en route from Den Helder to Nijmegen while the second was going between Uitgeest and the Dutch capital. Neither train derailed. Reports suggest the two trains, one a regional stop system vehicle and the other an inter-city rail service, were not seriously damaged in the incident yesterday at 1830 CEST (1630 UTC).

The exact number of people injured varies by source; BBC News Online has reported approximately 125 on Saturday and 117 Sunday, while the London Stock Exchange reported a figure of 121 experiencing minor, severe or very severe injuries yesterday. Passengers were assisted out of the train carriages, with those injured transported to hospital.

Speaking on behalf of police, Ed Kraszewski informed Netherlands news network AT5 of 51 individuals being “seriously or very seriously injured” and another seventy suffering minor injuries. Kraszewski commented on how the spaciousness of one of the train’s carriages possibly contributed to the passengers’ injuries and spoke of the assumption that “many people were thrown around the train by the crash; against walls, seats and other people”, adding that neck injuries and broken bones were among the kinds of injury experienced.

How the two trains ended up travelling towards each other is uncertain at this stage. An investigation into the accident’s cause has commenced.

Rail services have been disrupted as a result of the incident, with trains travelling between Amsterdam Centraal and Schiphol Airport being suspended.



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February 22, 2011

Phones without Internet access join the Facebook revolution

Phones without Internet access join the Facebook revolution

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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Amsterdam-based electronics company Gemalto has announced that it has developed a way of putting Facebook compatibility on to a mobile phone SIM card, to allow mobile phones with no data or internet connection to access the popular social networking site.

The report, appearing on the Slovenian tech site Monitor, says that users will be able to communicate directly with the site via SMS messages, as well as being able to exchange messages online and having the facility to write on other Facebook users walls. The formal announcement of the technogical breakthrough was made at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on February 14.

Users will see the changes to the website appear as messages on their phones, so they will be able to keep track of updates to the site. The announcement has drawn much interest from mobile phone companies and service providers, who are keen to take advantage of the new functionality which would significantly increase revenue due to the scaling up of SMS messages passing through their networks.

“Increasingly people want to be able to stay connected and communicate with their friends on Facebook anytime, anywhere. Gemalto has developed a creative solution in Facebook for SIM that enables people without mobile data plans to stay connected to their friends on Facebook in an affordable way,” Gemalto’s Head of Mobile Business (Facebook), Henri Moissinac, said in a statement.



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March 25, 2010

Wikipedia and sister projects back online after server failure

Wikipedia and sister projects back online after server failure

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From approximately 1:00 p.m. (18:00 UTC) to 4:00 p.m. (22:00 UTC) Eastern Standard Time (EST), the popular free encyclopedia Wikipedia, alongside its sister projects (including Wikinews), went offline due to major server outages. Downtime was later attributed to overheating at the Project’s central data center in Amsterdam.

According to a post made by Mark Bergsma at the Wikimedia Foundation’s technical blog, the servers “shut themselves down” to avoid further heat damage.

Administrators reportedly attempted a shift of traffic to the Project’s servers in Florida. However, “it turned out that this failover mechanism was now broken, causing the DNS resolution of Wikimedia sites to stop working globally.”

According to the Project’s official Twitter account, programmers were able to resolve most of the server problems by around 4:00 p.m. EST. Since the situation with the servers in Amsterdam is still ongoing, some users may still experience lingering service glitches due to “caching effects”.



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September 10, 2009

One of Great Britain\’s \”most wanted\” criminals arrested in the Netherlands

One of Great Britain’s “most wanted” criminals arrested in the Netherlands

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

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One of the criminals listed as “most wanted” by the United Kingdom’s Scotland Yard, has been arrested in the Netherlands after escaping six years ago.

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Noel Cunningham, 47, was being taken to Inner London Crown Court in June 2003 and was going to be tried in there for a planned £1,250,000 robbery of a security van in Brixton, South London, England. However, just outside the court, two armed men ambushed the Securior police vehicle and shot the prison van driver in the leg before pistol-whipping a guard. Cunningham and two accomplices managed to break out of the police van and escape. Noel subsequently became one of 40 of Scotland Yard’s most wanted criminals in the United Kingdom. He was facing charges of conspiracy to armed robbery, possession of a firearm and escaping lawful custody.

He was finally arrested in the Amstelveen area of Amsterdam in the Netherlands at 2000 hours on Tuesday and held by police forces there. He had been living under an assumed name. His arrest makes him the twenty-third criminal arrested out of the full forty. He is expected to return to the United Kingdom within the next few days.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman has said: “Noel Francis Cunningham, 47, was arrested by Dutch police at about 8pm last night. Mr Cunningham was unlawfully at large and a European Arrest Warrant had been circulated for his arrest after he escaped from a prison van on June 10, 2003. The van had left HMP Brixton to travel to the Inner London Crown Court, Avonmouth Street, SE1.

“Extensive work to trace him by the Metropolitan Police Service and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) led to the false identity he was using being uncovered and his arrest last night in the Amstelveen suburb of Amsterdam. He will be appearing in custody in Holland on September 11 where extradition proceedings will be instigated following his first appearance.”



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January 25, 2007

Amsterdam pet shop owner creates beer for dogs

Amsterdam pet shop owner creates beer for dogs

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Correction — February 8, 2007
 
Terrie Berenden’s pet shop is located in the town of Zelhem, not Amsterdam as stated in the article & title. Zelhem is approximately 135 km (85 miles) from Amsterdam
 

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A woman in The Netherlands who uses her dogs to hunt in Austria has decided to give her dogs a new kind of treat: beer.

Terrie Berenden, a woman who owns a pet shop in Amsterdam, created a non-alcoholic beer for her dogs which is made from malt and a beef extract. The beer is called Kwispelbier (‘kwispelen’ means “wagging of a [dog’s] tail” in Dutch), and was put onto shelves just last week.

“Once a year we go to Austria to hunt with our dogs, and at the end of the day we sit on the verandah and drink a beer. So we thought, my dog also has earned it,” said Berenden.

According to Berenden, owners can enjoy the new beer as well, but she also stated that it will cost owners about four times as much to drink the beer than to buy a ‘human beer.’ A bottle of the dog beer sells at about $2.14.

The slogan for the new dog beer is “a beer for your best friend” and Brenden hopes that the product will grab international attention. Requests for the beer are already coming from the United States, England and Japan.

“We are overwhelmed with it. From America, England and Japan we have (received) mail and we are just going to think about it, how we can bring it on the market there,” said Brenden.

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September 21, 2006

Dutch ministers to resign over prison fire

Dutch ministers to resign over prison fire

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

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Dutch Justice Minister Jan Piet Hein Donner (from the political party CDA) and Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment Sybilla Dekker (from the VVD) will resign, the state broadcaster reports, after a report partly blamed them for a fire at a jail in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on October 27, 2005, in which 11 illegal immigrants died. The report says that, if the government had adhered to fire regulations, “less or no” people would have died.

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