Dutch news in brief, 14 February 2005

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A very early start to spring, Academics with the Wageningen University claim that spring started on 11 February, much earlier than the official date of 21 March. They claim that recent stormy weather interspersed with periods of warm weather, the start of lambing and the spring migration of toads, plus the appearance of the brimstone butterfly indicate that spring has started early. Various flowers across the country have also started to bloom and birds and insects that are not normally active for another

A very early start to spring

Academics with the Wageningen University claim that spring started on 11 February, much earlier than the official date of 21 March. They claim that recent stormy weather interspersed with periods of warm weather, the start of lambing and the spring migration of toads, plus the appearance of the brimstone butterfly indicate that spring has started early. Various flowers across the country have also started to bloom and birds and insects that are not normally active for another month have been sighted in the Netherlands. A spokesman for the university's environmental analysis group, Arnold van Vliet, said academics are amazed by the discoveries.

High growth in cannabis shops

A report published in Rotterdam-based daily newspaper the Algemeen Dagblad claims the number of so-called "growshops" — which sell equipment for large-scale cannabis cultivation — has tripled in the past five years from around 100 to 325. The newspaper says many people have turned to cannabis growing as a result of the economic slump, Radio Netherlands reported. Large-scale marijuana crops are illegal in the Netherlands, but the shops selling the necessary equipment are tolerated. There is now feeling in political circles that steps should be taken against the growshops, the newspaper reported.

Dutchman arrested on cocaine charges

A Dutch national was arrested in Melbourne, Australia, allegedly attempting to smuggle cocaine into the country on Saturday. The 48-year-old arrived on a flight from Brazil and customs police allege the man tried to smuggle up to 2.5kg of cocaine hidden in clocks and beaded fly screens, news agency AFP reported. The maximum penalty for drug trafficking offences in Australia is a fine of AUD 750,000 and/or life imprisonment, police said.

18 Dutch snowboarders rescued

A group of 18 Dutch snowboarders were trapped for several hours in a gorge in the Austrian ski resort Gerlos on Friday. The youths encountered problems after they strayed from the piste, but were able to alert rescuers by using a mobile phone to call their hotel. The youths were rescued later that night unharmed.

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