February 12, 1989 |
Windmills and wooden shoes. No other European country is as easily identifiable as the Netherlands from such a short list of items. Yet many travelers there never see a working windmill, and few Dutch people wear wooden shoes. Perhaps it's because the Netherlands is such a tiny country (three-quarters the size of New Jersey), yet once was one of the world's great sea powers, that we Americans think of it primarily in quaint images of its past. Or perhaps it is the tulips. The Netherlands is a major commercial center, a big exporter of natural gas. But adrift among millions of blooming Dutch tulips in April and most of May, it's hard for the visitor to remember anything of world commerce or energy for industry.
June 13, 2000 |
When the Villanova coaches compiled their wish list before last season, they had four wishes - a point guard, a couple of scorers and another big man. It took until early June, but their wishes have been granted. Last weekend, Villanova got a verbal commitment from 6-10 Jair Veldhuis, a native of the Netherlands who has been in this country for two years and led Tamalpais High of Mill Valley, Calif. (north of San Francisco) to the state IV championship last season. It was his only year of high school basketball here, as he had to sit out the previous season under transfer rules.
June 15, 2012 |
Mario Gomez scored twice as Germany left the Netherlands on the brink of elimination from the European Championship, beating their historic rivals, 2-1, on Wednesday in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Although Robin van Persie pulled one back for the Dutch in the second half, the defeat leaves the 2010 World Cup runner-up dangerously close to going home. Germany, a three-time European champion, has six points from its two wins but is still not sure of advancing from Group B, where three teams could end up even.
June 10, 2012 |
Denmark pulled off the first huge surprise of the European Championship with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in Group B action Saturday in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Denmark's Michael Krohn-Dehli provided the lethal finishing that the Dutch inexplicably lacked, scoring against the run of play when he picked up a loose ball close to the penalty area in the 24th minute, left two defenders standing, and shot through the legs of Maarten Stekelenburg from a tight angle. "It was the only dangerous action of Denmark," Netherlands captain Mark van Bommel said.
January 29, 2013 |
THE HAGUE - The Netherlands' Queen Beatrix announced Monday that she was ending her reign after 33 years and passing the crown to her eldest son, who has long been groomed to be king, but who will have to work hard to match his mother's popularity. The widely expected abdication comes at a time of debate over the future of the largely ceremonial Dutch monarchy, but also as calm has descended upon the Netherlands after a decade of turmoil that saw Beatrix act as the glue that held together an increasingly divided society.
January 14, 1986 |
U.S. diplomats began a terror-alert telephone campaign yesterday, calling the 10,000 Americans in the Netherlands to warn them of possible terrorist acts against U.S. interests here. "We call the larger concentrations of Americans, a firm or a school for Americans, and we let them know, and they let other people know," said spokesman Sam Wunder at the U.S. Embassy in the Hague. The telephone campaign by personnel at the embassy and at the U.S. consulates in Amsterdam and Rotterdam was prompted by a Palestinian terrorist alert declared by the Dutch government.
April 29, 2007 |
I was in Leiden, the Netherlands, in line at the supermarket. My mother and I were staying in an apartment a few blocks away, and after a few days I knew where things were and how many euros I'd need at checkout. Then it happened. The lady in front of me smiled while she sorted through her large pocketbook, and she said something in Dutch. I smiled back, nodding in a friendly way. Then she started a conversation in Dutch, and I was in trouble. I had no idea what she was saying, although I had committed myself to the conversation.
April 11, 2011 |
AMSTERDAM - Thousands of people, including the Dutch prime minister, gathered last night to lay flowers and mourn at a candlelit memorial service outside a mall in a quiet Amsterdam suburb where a mentally troubled young man shot six people dead a day earlier. Investigators are still puzzling over the gunman's motive and trying to understand how he was able to obtain and legally own five firearms in the Netherlands - where gun-control laws are considered strict - despite prior run-ins with the law and a stay at a psychiatric institution.
September 8, 1999 |
As a molder of public opinion, I regularly go on fact-finding missions to foreign countries. I then report my findings to you in the sincere hope that I can improve international understanding by deducting the entire cost of my mission, including beer, from my income taxes. Today I present Part One of my two-part report on this year's mission, which took me to the Netherlands. At one time, large areas of the Netherlands were actually covered by the sea, but over the centuries the hard-working Dutch have turned these areas into dry land.
July 6, 2010 |
URUGUAY . . . Germany, Netherlands, Spain, you could have predicted any of them to find a way through to the World Cup semifinals. But Uruguay, World Cup champion of 1930 and 1950, fifth-place finisher in South American qualifying, qualifier only through a 2-1, two-game aggregate score against Costa Rica . . . in the semifinals? The Celeste, as the national team is known in Montevideo, face Netherlands in today's semifinal, following a first-place finish in the group stage, a 2-1 second-round win over South Korea, and the improbable 2-1, 4-2 penalty-shootout win over Ghana in the quarterfinals.