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Kimpton Hotels Restaurants is opening its first property in Europe on Monday in Amsterdam’s busy Palace Quarter neighborhood in the city center. Located in a former Crowne Plaza property, the Kimpton De Witt has been renovated and is part of three original houses that were built during the Dutch Golden Age, just steps from Centraal Station.

A city with more bicycles than people, Amsterdam is a perfect next location for Kimpton, long known for offering free bike rentals to guests at most of its locations. Visitors statying at the De Witt can explore the city on VanMoof bikes, as well as indulge in free happy hour wine pours every day at 5 p.m.

One special feature of the Kimpton De Witt is its “house within a hotel.” The De Witt’s Little House is a three-story suite with three king-size rooms and a lounge and is located in a 15th century building that was once owned by the playwright P.C. Hooft. The Little House is designed for events, such as weddings, group dinners, and parties. Guests also have an option to stay in a sixth floor apartment that features a fireplace, spiral staircase, and a 323-sqare foot terrace.

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The hotel’s 274 guest rooms were designed by Kimpton’s creative director Ave Bradley with an homage to the neighborhood’s Renaissance architecture. In-room amenity kits have natural skin care products from local brand Marie-Stella-Maris. There’s also an on-site flower shop, a café serving made-to-order beignets, and an open-air garden to offer a relaxing oasis from the busy streets outside.

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The De Witt is also bringing American comfort food to Amsterdam, albeit with a local flair. The Wyers Bar and Restaurant’s menu includes wood-fired options and local craft beers. The House Bar has a long list of local gins and genevers.

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Last year, Kimpton opened its first hotel outside of the U.S. with the Seafire Resort Spa in Grand Cayman. More new openings in Europe are on the horizon, including a Kimpton hotel in Paris scheduled to open by 2020.

Article source: http://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/kimpton-dewitt-amsterdam

The advantage he might derive from his exclusion from power could be seen in Almere’s streets Friday, as even some people who did not vote for him said that he ought to be included in a coalition.

“It’s not right. He should have the chance” to join the government, said Rina van Dijk, 59, who lost her job at a Dutch window-blind manufacturer when production was outsourced to Poland. Van Dijk can’t find another job — “I’m too old,” she said — and she says parts of Wilders’s message make sense, even if she doesn’t always like the way he says it.

“People are on a waiting list for 10 years, and they don’t get a place to live. These refugees come here, and they get a place to live right away. I understand those tensions,” she said.

She said she wanted Wilders to be handed a scrap of power, even though she voted for the center-right party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

“I would like to see, with all the things Wilders is saying, whether he can do anything,” she said.

The exclusion also carries a cost for those who want Wilders to moderate his tone, analysts said.

“He is more isolated than he ever was before. The risk in this is that he has no option but to further radicalize,” said Job Janssen, a Dutch political analyst who lives in Berlin. “To continue to dominate debate, the only option is a confrontational course.”

Even so, Janssen said that Wilders probably has hit his ceiling. He did little to build a campaign structure, and his shoestring budget limited his appearances. A constellation of new far-right parties also drained some of his support.

Further, he has given little indication of an effort that would help him transcend his status as perpetual gadfly and object of media fascination.

“This is not the behavior of a man who is trying to become a coalition partner,” said Koen Vossen, who wrote a book analyzing Wilders’s political appeal and organization.

But a growing number of Dutch voters truly want a political revolution in their country, pollsters say — and their faith in their institutions is cratering when the leaders they support are excluded from office.

“There are a lot of Muslims. There are a lot of black people. The white people, the Dutch people, they’re getting less and less,” said Linda Muis, 51, a bartender at Café Cheers in Almere.

She said that her nation needs to fight back. When a Moroccan kid commits a crime, the whole family should be sent back to Morocco, she said.

“Or lock them up for life,” she said. “Wilders said women shouldn’t wear headscarves. I agree with that.”

Wilders’s shutout from power infuriates her, she said — and she said her faith in Dutch democracy was going out the window.

“So many people voted for him. But nobody wants to do a coalition with him,” she said. “Nobody’s going to let him win.”

michael.birnbaum@washpost.com

Annabell Van den Berghe contributed to this report.

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/an-anti-islam-dutch-leader-is-barred-from-power-his-supporters-say-just-wait/2017/03/17/867e0f54-0a81-11e7-bd19-fd3afa0f7e2a_story.html

The advantage he might derive from his exclusion from power could be seen in Almere’s streets Friday, as even some people who did not vote for him said that he ought to be included in a coalition.

“It’s not right. He should have the chance” to join the government, said Rina van Dijk, 59, who lost her job at a Dutch window-blind manufacturer when production was outsourced to Poland. Van Dijk can’t find another job — “I’m too old,” she said — and she says parts of Wilders’s message make sense, even if she doesn’t always like the way he says it.

“People are on a waiting list for 10 years, and they don’t get a place to live. These refugees come here, and they get a place to live right away. I understand those tensions,” she said.

She said she wanted Wilders to be handed a scrap of power, even though she voted for the center-right party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

“I would like to see, with all the things Wilders is saying, whether he can do anything,” she said.

The exclusion also carries a cost for those who want Wilders to moderate his tone, analysts said.

“He is more isolated than he ever was before. The risk in this is that he has no option but to further radicalize,” said Job Janssen, a Dutch political analyst who lives in Berlin. “To continue to dominate debate, the only option is a confrontational course.”

Even so, Janssen said that Wilders probably has hit his ceiling. He did little to build a campaign structure, and his shoestring budget limited his appearances. A constellation of new far-right parties also drained some of his support.

Further, he has given little indication of an effort that would help him transcend his status as perpetual gadfly and object of media fascination.

“This is not the behavior of a man who is trying to become a coalition partner,” said Koen Vossen, who wrote a book analyzing Wilders’s political appeal and organization.

But a growing number of Dutch voters truly want a political revolution in their country, pollsters say — and their faith in their institutions is cratering when the leaders they support are excluded from office.

“There are a lot of Muslims. There are a lot of black people. The white people, the Dutch people, they’re getting less and less,” said Linda Muis, 51, a bartender at Café Cheers in Almere.

She said that her nation needs to fight back. When a Moroccan kid commits a crime, the whole family should be sent back to Morocco, she said.

“Or lock them up for life,” she said. “Wilders said women shouldn’t wear headscarves. I agree with that.”

Wilders’s shutout from power infuriates her, she said — and she said her faith in Dutch democracy was going out the window.

“So many people voted for him. But nobody wants to do a coalition with him,” she said. “Nobody’s going to let him win.”

michael.birnbaum@washpost.com

Annabell Van den Berghe contributed to this report.

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/an-anti-islam-dutch-leader-is-barred-from-power-his-supporters-say-just-wait/2017/03/17/867e0f54-0a81-11e7-bd19-fd3afa0f7e2a_story.html

In the girls meet, the Spartans finished with 146 points to earn the victory. South Glens Falls (91 points) was second, Amsterdam (63) was third, Scotia-Glenville (59) was fourth and Hudson Falls (53) was fifth. Gloversville placed sixth with 46 points, Johnstown was eighth with 39.33 points and Broadalbin-Perth was ninth with 26 points.

In the boys meet, Queensbury finished with a winning total of 140.66 points. Scotia-Glenville (89.50) was second, South Glens Falls (78.33) was third, Amsterdam (75) was fourth and Broadalbin-Perth (63.5) was fifth. Johnstown was seventh with 38 points and Gloversville was 10th with 6 points.

Amsterdam’s Kevon Boucaud won three events in the boys meet.

Boucaud won the long jump with a personal-best leap of 23-3, which broke his own school record of 22-9 1/2. which was set at the Kiwanis Bi-County Invitational earlier this spring.

Boucaud also won the 100 meters with a school-record time of 10.73 seconds, which is the second-fastest time in Section II history behind Hudson’s Winston Lee, who ran 10.56 seconds in 2013.

Boucaud also won the 200 meters, posting a time of 22.03 seconds.

Amsterdam’s Marcos Santiago won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.85 seconds, while Broadalbin-Perth’s Chris Wagner (16.68) was third.

Santiago also placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.10. Broadalbin-Perth’s Jacob Bunker (1:03.13) was fourth and Gloversville’s Jackson Peck (1:03.45) was fifth.

Wagner won the pole vault for B-P with a height of 12-6.

Broadalbin-Perth’s Jeff Derwin won the shot put and discus.

In the shot put, Derwin won with a throw of 51-5 3/4. B-P’s John Coddington (39-11 1/2) was sixth.

Derwin won the discus with a throw of 152-10 1/2, while Johnstown’s Thomas Lizio (113-7 1/2) was fifth.

Luis Rodriguez (11.69 seconds) was fifth in the 100 meters for Amsterdam. He also placed sixth in the 200 meters with a time of 24.07 seconds.

Amsterdam’s Misael Gomez was second in the 400 meters with a time of 52.57 seconds.

Johnstown’s Nick Frasier won the high jump with a height of 6-4, while Broadalbin-Perth’s Sean Meher (5-8) was fifth.

Frasier also placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 41-4 1/2.

Johnstown’s Christian Solby (2:05.36) was third in the 800, while Brandon Mraz (10:58.65) was third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Broadalbin-Perth’s Joey Vitalis (4:57.63) was sixth in the 1,600.

Gloversville’s Skyler Reed (11:05.87) was sixth in the 3,200 and fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:12.01.

In the pentathlon, Broadalbin-Perth Kolbe Waldvogel was fourth with 2,113 points and B-P’s Niko Mancini (2,111) was fifth.

In the 400 relay, Broadalbin-Perth (45.60 seconds) was second and Amsterdam (46.12) was fourth.

Amsterdam as third in the 1,600 relay with a time of 3:36.83. Johnstown (3:39.28) was fourth, Broadalbin-Perth (3:40.51) was fifth and Gloversville (3:40.91) was sixth.

In the 3,200 relay, Amsterdam was second with a time of 8:46.93. Johnstown (8:50.91) was third and Broadalbin-Perth (9:01.32) was fourth.

In the girls meet, Brenda Santana and Edena Sanchez posted wins for Amsterdam.

Santana won the 200 meters with a time of 26.45 seconds. She also placed third in the 100 meters with a time of 12.98 seconds.

Sanchez won the 800 meters with a time of 2:21.68. Johnstown’s Molly Lake was fourth with a time of 2:34.45.

Lauren Santiago (27.65 seconds) was fourth in the 200 and second in the 400 (1:01.92) for Amsterdam, while Olivia Lazarou was second in the 1,500 with a time of 4:56.19

Broadalbin-Perth’s Gabrielle Larsen (6:35.14) was second in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, while Johnstown’s Katie Romano (6:55.75) was sixth.

Broadalbin-Perth’s Victoria Laurange was second in the pentathlon with a total of 2,101 points, while Broadalbin-Perth’s Tesa Brody (1:06.73) was sixth in the 400.

Johnstown’s Aylene Newman (12:03.22) was fourth in the 3,000 meters.

Gloversville’s Madison Fancher was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.69 seconds, while Johnstown’s Abigail Gottung (17.01) was fifth.

Gottung (1:06.69) also placed second in the 400-meter hurdles, while Fancher (1:11.56) was third. Johnstown’s Molly Sear (1:12.05) was fourth.

Madison Fancher also placed second in the high jump with a leap of 5-0, while Gloversville’s Sierra Fancher (4-10) was fourth.

Sierra Fancher also was third in the pole vault with a height of 8-0, while Johnstown’s Alayna Gray (7-6) was fourth.

Gloversville’s Brianna Port (15-10) was third in the long jump, while Amsterdam’s Emma Gomez (15-3) was sixth.

Sear was third in the triple jump for Johnstown with a leap of 33-7 1/2, while Broadalbin-Perth’s Hailey Parrotti (33-3) was fifth.

Broadalbin-Perth’s Caitlin Palmateer (75-3) was sixth in the discus.

In the 1,600 relay, Amsterdam’s Sanchez, Santana, Lazarou and Santiago won with a time of 4:07.92. Johnstown (4:16.52) was third and Broadalbin-Perth (4:32.54) was sixth.

In the 400 relay, Gloversville (53.53) was fourth and Broadalbin-Perth (54.41) was sixth.

Amsterdam was third in the 3,200 relay with a time of 10:47.55. Broadalbin-Perth (10:49.86) was fourth and Johnstown (10:50.48) was fifth.

CSC Championships

SAUQUOIT — The Dolgeville boys and girls track and field teams both finished fourth at the Center State Conference Division I Championships on Wednesday.

In the girls meet, Clinton won with a total of 186.5 points, while Holland Patent was second with 131. Dolgeville was fourth with 61 points.

Emma Bilinski was second in the shot put and discus for the Blue Devils.

She posted a throw of 94-6 in the discus and a throw of 27-8 in the shot put. M.J. Dellabarca-Barnes (26 8 1/2) was fourth in the shot put for Dolgeville.

Alexis Smith (28.86) was fourth in the 200 meters for Dolgeville. She also placed third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.66 seconds.

Bobbi Jo Hall (4-6) was second in the high jump for the Blue Devils and fourth (7-6) in the pole vault.

In the triple jump, Ryanne Williams (33-0) was second for Dolgeville and Sarah George (32-4 3/4) was third.

Dolgeville (54.32) also was third in the 400 relay.

In the boys meet, Clinton won with a total of 179 points, Holland Patent (108) was second, West Canada Valley (100.5) was third and Dolgeville (68) was fourth.

Anthony Chromczak won the 100 meters for the Blue Devils with a time of 11.84 seconds, while Aasin Claus (12.09) was fifth.

Cole Harlow won the shot put for Dolgeville with a throw of 45-0. He also placed third in the discus with a throw of 115-8.

Dolgeville’s Anthony Randall was second in the 200 meters with a time of 24.40 seconds, while Joshua Seeberger (2:11.82) was third in the 800.

Jake Baisley (4:52.72) was fourth in the 1,600 for Dolgeville and third (11:19.35) in the 3,200.

Dolgeville won the 400 relay as the team of Shaun McGraw, Zach Carpenter, Claus and Randall posted a time of 47.29 seconds.

Charles Harshbarger (12-0) was third in the pole vault for the Blue Devils, while David Pierce (1,824 points) was second in the pentathlon.

Article source: http://www.leaderherald.com/sports/local-sports/2017/05/track-field-roundup-rams-boucaud-wins-three-events-at-foothills-meet/


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The Amsterdam Affiliate Conference (AAC), one of the biggest affiliate events in the iGaming sector, will be sponsoring the LondonSEO meetup that will take place next Tuesday, May 23rd, after day one of the SMX conference in London, an official announcement from the AAC reveals.

LondonSEO is a quarterly meetup of digital marketers that first began in 2005. The event is aimed at grouping together digital marketers who want to socialize and meet with other people from the sector. The LondonSEO team has partnered up with the SMX Conference in London to organize this year’s meetup at the Williams Ale Cider House in the city, while the AAC will be the sole sponsor of the event.

Representatives from the team of LondonSEO stated that they were “delighted” to have the AAC as their only sponsor this May. They add that the team has always worked with top-notch conferences to bring the most gifted digital marketers in London, so that visitors can make “great contacts” and enjoy themselves more.

The AAC is organized by the iGB Affiliate branch of iGaming Business – the global marketing, affiliate, intelligence and news network for the iGaming industry. IGB Affiliate organizes some of the biggest affiliate conferences in the industry, including the LAC and AAC, where affiliates can network with brokers from the retail and online gambling sector and attend conferences with notable speakers from the affiliate and marketing industry.

Shona O Donnel, iGaming Business Event Director said that they were very proud to sponsor the LondonSEO event since through the event they have met amazing people who have turned into some of the biggest affiliates in the iGaming industry. She also adds that everyone who attends the LondonSEO networking event is also invited to the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference 2017, which is to take place 11th – 14th July 2017.


Article source: https://news.worldcasinodirectory.com/amsterdam-affiliate-conference-sponsors-londonseo-post-smx-meetup-on-may-23rd-46817

A disclosure by The Washington Post on Monday that President Trump had shared highly classified intelligence information with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week sent a new wave of improbability and consternation across the nation.

That shockwave gained intensity Tuesday when it was reported that Israel provided the information that Trump boasted about to the Russians. A bad situation, including diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Israel, its chief ally and intelligence source in the Middle East, just got worse.

According to the report, Israeli officials could not confirm this information about Trump’s conversation from a former American official familiar with the incident. In a statement, Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., said, “Israel has full confidence in our intelligence-sharing relationship with the United States and looks forward to deepening that relationship in the years ahead under President Trump.”

It will be curious to see how this development plays in Israel and other countries during Trump’s first trip abroad.

Although the extent of the breach is yet undetermined, it appears Trump revealed “code-word information” related to threats from ISIS provided by a U.S. ally in the region. At the moment it is not clear who the source is but the Russians have enough information to possibly pinpoint it.

The Washington Post apparently obtained the story from attendees at the meeting with the Russians, although Trump aides, including National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said the president did not reveal any information that was not already publicly known.

Even so, Trump tweeted in the aftermath of the revelation that he, as president, had every right to declassify information. “As President, I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety,” Trump said in two tweets Tuesday morning. “Humanitarian reasons. Plus, I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS terrorism.”

In the troubled Middle East, including Syria, the U.S. and Russia are not always on the same page. Russia seems more intent in protecting Assad’s regime than in stifling the impact of ISIS or ISIL. On the other hand, the U.S. supplies support to the rebels fighting against ISIS and to the opponents of the Syrian government.

Trump’s meeting with Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, came in the wake of his firing FBI Director James Comey, giving the turn of events an even deeper intrigue, particularly as it relates to the ongoing investigation of the Russians’ possible involvement in the last presidential election.

Moreover, there was a tweet from Trump that bordered on threatening Comey as a potential witness to the Russian investigation as well as the extent to which his meeting with Comey was taped in the White House.

Trump’s meeting and divulging classified information has historical irony when you consider how vehement he was about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and his charge that she was a “crook” who needed to be jailed.

This recent action has even disturbed members of the GOP. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), appearing Tuesday on MSNBC said, “It’s not helpful that this was with the Russians, right? I mean this is just weird. We and the Russians do not have aligned interests.”

Sasse went on to say that the Russians “want to exacerbate our internal distrust of each other, they want to fracture NATO.”

Bronx Assemblyman and a vice chair of the DNC, Michael Blake, said, “If this is true, the revealing of classified information by President Trump to Russians is appalling and unconscionable on many levels. The release of information endangers the lives of people, further erodes trust and weakens our intelligence capabilities. Furthermore, it only helps corroborate the suspicion that he is in collusion with the Russian government.”

He cited Trump’s action as “one of the greatest betrayals by a president” and he joined the outcry from a number of his colleagues in the demand for a special prosecutor to investigate the “Trump ties to Russia because enough is enough.”

Article source: http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/may/18/trump-trips-again/

Whilst the old venue, Felix Meritis, is being renovated…

Article source: https://djmag.com/news/amsterdam-music-events-moves-new-venue-2017

ADE has a new location this year.

Due to major renovations at its old HQ, Felix Meritis, this October will see the global electronic music event relocate to the DeLaMar Theater in the heart of Amsterdam.

Last year, 2,200 artists, 550 speakers and almost 1000 events took place in 140 venues over the five days. Thanks to the new location, the move will allow the event to bring previously separately-housed events such as ADE Dance Brands under one roof.

Also announced, in this year’s ADE Global View, the 2017 panel program is coming together with Morocco to celebrate the rising club scene and heavy festival line-ups flourishing in the North African country. ADE’s conference schedule will cover the, “growing electronic scenes in South America, Africa and parts of Asia where musicians are mixing local sounds with dance floor beats”, according to the press release.

The 22nd edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event takes place October 18 to 22. Find out more here.

Jasmine Kent-Smith is Mixmag’s Digital Intern. Follow her on Twitter

Article source: http://mixmag.net/read/amsterdam-dance-event-reveals-new-venue-plus-spotlight-focus-on-morocco-news

Could you have been flown from Newcastle to Amsterdam by a KING?

KLM certainly lives by its Royal Dutch Airlines name as the Dutch king has confirmed he has been working as a pilot for Holland’s airline for 21 years.

King Willem-Alexander told Dutch daily De Telegraaf that he has ended his role as “guest pilot” on KLM’s Cityhopper fleets, where he flew Fokker 70 planes for more than two decades.

The Fokker 70s are used on short haul journeys, and have been flown from Newcastle to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

The king flew on services twice a month but has now decided to give up his side-gig, with KLM phasing out the Fokker 70 aircraft he is qualified to fly.

He would have to retrain to fly newer, bigger aircraft to stay on as a KLM pilot. Flying larger planes means overnight stops, so he would have to spend more time outside of the Netherlands and would not be able to shoot back quickly to attend to emergencies.

King Willem-Alexander ascended to the Dutch throne in 2013, after Queen Beatrix abdicated.


The 50-year-old father of three, whose Royal Residence is in Amsterdam, describes flying as a “hobby” that lets him forget about his royal duties.

He told De Telegraaf “that, for me, is the most relaxing part of flying”.

ChronicleLive has contacted KLM to find out of the monarch has ever hauled passengers from Tyneside to Holland.

Article source: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/ever-flown-klm-newcastle-amsterdam-13054383