Dutch news in brief, 11 August 2006
Hotel guests get Legionella, Two guests of the Grand Hotel Monopole in Valkenburg have been infected with Legionella. There are doing "fairly well" given the circumstances, the health board in south Limburg said on Friday. It has not been verified that they were infected in the hotel. But the bacteria has been found on the premises and both patients stayed there within the last three weeks.
Hotel guests get Legionella
Two guests of the Grand Hotel Monopole in Valkenburg have been infected with Legionella. There are doing "fairly well" given the circumstances, the health board in south Limburg said on Friday. It has not been verified that they were infected in the hotel. But the bacteria has been found on the premises and both patients stayed there within the last three weeks.
Violent drifter arrested
Police in Dordrecht arrested a vagrant who is suspected of robbing three people in a very violent fashion. Two of the victims were elderly pastors. The suspect was detained after the police took the unusual step of showing a picture of him on television. One of the clerics was left locked in a cupboard for two days by his assailant.
Minister leaving politics
Junior minister Clémence Ross (Health, Welfare and Sport) has announced she is leaving politics. The Christian Democrat said she would not be a candidate for her party in the general election in November or available for a ministerial post. Social Affairs Minister Aart Jan de Geus announced on Thursday he will not be a candidate for CDA in the election but he is keeping his options open on the issue of being a minister in the next Cabinet. Transport Minister Karla Peijs, also CDA, said she wants to become a Senator.
Dozens of drug arrests on trains
Railway police used a sniffer dog during spot checks for drugs on trains travelling between Maastricht and Liege in Belgium. A total of 71 people were arrested, mostly for possession of small amounts of hard or soft drugs. Six passengers were fined for having more than five grammes of soft drugs or more than half a grammes of hard drugs. The rest only had to hand over their drugs.
Helmets a 'must' for young cyclists
Young cyclists should wear a helmet, the consumer safety group Consument en Veiligheid said. Figures released on Friday showed 15,000 cyclists every year receive head injuries. Of these, 3,500 suffer concussion or brain damage. Children between 5 and 10 and young adults aged 15 to 20 are the most likely to suffer a head injury. The Dutch people must drop the attitude that helmets are ridiculous and unnecessary, the consumer group said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news