Dutch news in brief, 12 September 2006

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Expat fairs in Amsterdam, Hague

Expat fairs in Amsterdam, Hague

This year Expatica's expat fair is called "I AM NOT A TOURIST" and is being held at the Beurs van Berlage on 22 October. Promising the fair will once again offer expats information and services specifically geared to their needs, Expatica's Marketing and Events Manager Harel Shalev said there will also be an exciting, new look entertainment programme.

The "Feel At Home In The Hague - The International Community Fair" takes place at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel in the center of The Hague on 17 September. Largely modelled on Expatica's Welcome Fair, this event organised by Website TheHagueOnLine and English-language advice centre ACCESS offers "a fun packed day with  information and activities for the whole family."

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Eindhoven man cleared in 'shaken baby' case

A court in Den Bosch found 20-year-old Patrick D. from Eindhoven not guilty of the manslaughter of his girlfriend's eight-month-old baby. The presiding judge said the evidence could also suggest the victim's 17-year-old mother had inflicted the deadly injury. Therefore the evidence against D. was not convincing. Prosecutors had asked for an 18-month sentence, six months of which would have been suspended. The child was admitted to hospital in a comatose state on 12 August and died three days later. Doctors concluded the baby died of a head injury, probably caused by the shaken baby syndrome.

Canadian hit by train

A 49-year-old Canadian man died early on Tuesday morning when he was hit by a train at Hoek van Holland station. Eyewitnesses told police the man seemed to be under the influence of alcohol when he walked over the track. He had arrived on a Stena Line ferry from England and was apparently trying to get the train to Rotterdam. The accident occurred at 5.30am.

NL not prepared for disaster

The Netherlands is poorly prepared for a major disaster, according to various experts in  government publication 'PM'. The fatal fire at the Schiphol detention centre last year was a textbook example of how things can go wrong,  Ben Ale, Professor of Safety and Disaster Planning at the Technical University in Delft said. Allegedly it was unclear who was meant to take charge during the fire.

Employers cross over Almere bridge plan

Employers organisation 'VNO-NCW' has said it is not keen on an alternative being proposed by the Liberal Party (VVD) to the controversial Naardermeer tunnel project. The VVD, once a supporter of a  tunnel, now suggest building a bridge between Almere and Amsterdam to cut the traffic jams between the two cities. The employers group said it has already been established a bridge would not be enough. It wants a new road between the A1 and A2.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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