Author: Gemma Isherwood

Weekend Special (22-24 November)

Here’s your weekly summary of What’s On  This is our top list of events, exhibitions, music, festivals and more to keep you entertained this weekend. We include events from The Hague, Leiden, Delft, Scheveningen and everywhere in between. Below the four featured events, you can find other things happening this weekend, as well as ongoing exhibitions and festivals. You’ll also find all our upcoming listings with links so you can plan ahead. There are family-friendly suggestions too, making sure everyone can explore the area and its culture together. We hope you have a great time, no matter what you...

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Hospitals Close for Strike Action

Staff will stop Wednesday in nine of the eleven hospitals in our region. Fun activities are held in the other two hospitals. The staff of the hospitals is on strike for a better collective labor agreement. Negotiations with the Dutch Association of Hospitals have been stuck since March. We list the consequences that this has for patients. The staff of the hospitals in Leiden, Alphen aan den Rijn, Zoetermeer, Leiderdorp, Leidschendam and the four hospitals in The Hague are on strike. That does not mean that all care is flat: care for children, cancer patients or in life-threatening situations is guaranteed. For the rest, you...

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December 2019 City and Service Opening Hours

The municipality is closed on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 December (Christmas) and Wednesday 1 January 2020 (New Year). There are adjusted opening times around these holidays. View the overview where you can go when. 14 070 (central telephone number) 25 and 26 December and 1 January 2020: closed Waste delivery stations 24 December: open from 0830 to 1600 December 25 and 26: closed 31 December: open from 0830 to 1600 January 1: closed Atrium (city hall) 25 and 26 December and 1 January 2020: closed Counter Public Affairs Center and Escamp Centre December 5: open from 0830 to 1630 (by...

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Leidschendam Theatre Set to Close

The Veur Theater in Leidschendam will cease its activities on 1 July 2020. As it looks now, the theater does not have enough money to last longer. “We are standing with our backs to the wall,” says director of theater Oscar van Schijndel. At the moment there is no clarity as to whether the theater has enough money next year to pay the rent and to book shows. According to the theater board, alderman Van Eekelen did not want to provide clarity about the lease and the subsidy for the second half of 2020 at the end of October. The municipal council...

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Verstappen Dominates F1 with Third Win in Brazilian GP

Max Verstappen claimed his third win of the Formula 1 season and the eighth of his career with a commanding drive at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Starting from pole position for only the second time in his career, Verstappen roared into the lead and stayed there for most of the race, twice overtaking world champion-elect Lewis Hamilton after pit stops. Second place went to Pierre Gasly after Hamilton was penalised five seconds and demoted to seventh for taking out Verstappen’s team-mate Alexander Albon in the latter stages. The win lifted Verstappen to third place in the drivers’ rankings and...

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Protests Against Mega-School in Delft

A few hundred residents from the Tanthof district in Delft demonstrate Sunday afternoon against the plans for a mega school in the neighborhood. The municipality and school boards want to accommodate six primary schools in the neighborhood in one building. The new building should be in the Abtswoudsepark on the Vietnampad or on the site of a children’s farm and adjacent water playground in the neighborhood. Both locations encounter many objections from the neighborhood residents. The municipality of Delft wants to bring the schools together in one building because the school boards have been struggling for years with a sharp drop in...

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Dutch News Podcast – The Vroem Vroem Debacle Edition

As the nitrogen crisis continues to hang over the country like a vaguely threatening cloud, we examine how cutting speed limits became such a hot political potato. A court orders the government to bring home the children of jihadist mothers, while the MH17 takes another twist as prosecutors implicate Russian military commanders. The start of Sinterklaas season triggers the annual tide of rage about Zwarte Piet and GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver is named the brightest star in the Dutch political firmament. And after a six-year absence from international football tournaments, can the Netherlands seal qualification for Euro 2020 this...

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Weekend Special (15-17 November)

Here’s your weekly summary of What’s On  This is our top list of events, exhibitions, music, festivals and more to keep you entertained this weekend. We include events from The Hague, Leiden, Delft, Scheveningen and everywhere in between. Below the four featured events, you can find other things happening this weekend, as well as ongoing exhibitions and festivals. You’ll also find all our upcoming listings with links so you can plan ahead. There are family-friendly suggestions too, making sure everyone can explore the area and its culture together. We hope you have a great time, no matter what you...

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Rotterdam to equip its street wardens with bodycams after experiment success

Rotterdam is to equip all its 400 street wardens with bodycams at a cost of €250,000, city officials have decided. Street wardens – civil servants who known as boas in Dutch – carry out a range of supervisory tasks and have the power to issue fines and make arrests. They have been campaigning to be given more equipment, such as pepper spray and truncheons, to cope with violent incidents. Last year the city began an experiment giving 50 wardens a mini camera to find out if it improved their safety and helped prevent incidents. Rotterdam alderman Bert Wijbenga said...

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Firework Festival at Scheveningen Still On The Cards

The fireworks festival held in Scheveningen in the winter is set to continue. The International Fireworks Festival Scheveningen Foundation has updated and reported so on their website. The summer version of the festival was canceled this year due to strict safety requirements that the organization could not meet. If the weather allows it, you can admire the fireworks on the beach on Sunday 1, 8, 15 and 22 December. ‘We are proud that our colorful shows we are putting Scheveningen on the map again this winter. We are looking forward to ending the year with a bang!” writes chairman Bjorn van Dijl....

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