Dutch news in brief – 11 March

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Traffic deaths up for first time in 30 years

Traffic deaths up for first time in 30 years

The annual death toll on Dutch roads has risen for the first time in 30 years, Transport Minister Karla Peijs had admitted. Speaking during a debate in Parliament about motor scooter licences, Peijs described the increase as an "alarming development". The exact number of casualties and the ministry's view on the cause of the increase will be published in six weeks. Some 3,000 people were killed on Dutch roads in 1974. This had dropped considerably to 1,026 by 2002.

Russia denies Arjan kidnapping allegation

Russia has denied accusations by volunteer group Artsen zonder Grenzen (AzG or Doctors Without Borders) that it was involved in the kidnapping of one of its Dutch workers Arjan Erkel in the Russian republic Dagestan in August 2002. The deputy presidential envoy in South Russia was reacting to allegations from Doctors without Borders chief Jean-Herve that Russian and Dagestan officials were involved in the kidnapping. The volunteer organisation has heard that Erkel is suffering from a lung infection and is threatened with execution and fears for the AzG volunteer's safety.

Virus kills two more police horses

The deadly Rhinopneumonia virus has claimed the lives of two more horses at the police stables in Amsterdam. The sick animals were put to sleep by a vet on Thursday. This brings to six the number of police horses killed by the variant of the Herpes virus. Many other horses owned by the Amsterdam police are still ill, while 10 appear to be healthy. It is unclear how the virus got into the horse stable.

Boy spills chip pan on himself

A boy, 9, suffered second-degree burns in Amsterdam on Thursday when he accidentally spilled the contents of a chip pan on himself. Earlier this mother left him alone for a short time and explicitly forbade him from frying chips. He ignored her and tried to hide the pan as she returned. It slipped and spilled the contents on his body. He is being treated in hospital.

Women look in the mirror five times per day

A survey from Dutch research institute Nipo, on behalf of skincare company Biodermal,  has revealed that a woman looks into a mirror at least five times a day and is satisfied by her appearance on average three times. Women primarily look at their hair, followed by facial skin. Women chose most often to ignore looking at their nose, followed by their figure. A total of 500 women took part in the survey.

KPN wins go ahead for school internet

Dutch telecom firm KPN can offer free broadband internet connections to schools, an appeals court in The Hague ruled Thursday. KPN wants schools to sign up for three years to the service offered by its XS4ALL unit. Rival internet company NI.tree – which supplied internet to schools before the market was liberalised - had earlier won an injunction on the basis the KPN offer would distort the market.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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