Dutch news in brief, 15 June 2006

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Taïda passes exams, Kosovar Taïda Pasic has successfully passed her Dutch VWO secondary school exams, 'De Driemark' school in Winterswijk announced on Thursday. Pasic sat the exams in the Dutch Embassy in Sarajevo. She left the Netherlands at the end of April after a court agreed with Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk that the rejected asylum seeker was an illegal resident in the Netherlands.

Taïda passes exams

Kosovar Taïda Pasic has successfully passed her Dutch VWO secondary school exams, 'De Driemark' school in Winterswijk announced on Thursday. Pasic sat the exams in the Dutch Embassy in Sarajevo. She left the Netherlands at the end of April after a court agreed with Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk that the rejected asylum seeker was an illegal resident in the Netherlands.

Ticket complaint by 'war veteran' was bogus

Newspaper 'NRC Handelsblad' revealed a letter it received on 8 May about a Canadian World War II veteran who was fined for not having the correct ticket on a Dutch train was bogus. The letter caused consternation in both the Netherlands and abroad as the 'veteran' claimed to be on the way to a ceremony to honour those who helped liberate the Netherlands from the Nazis. Dutch rail company NS sought the man in vain to reimburse the fine. The writer apparently penned the letter because he was unhappy about the strict policy of fining passengers who travel without the correct ticket.

Netherlands told to lead fight on TB

The Dutch Tuberculosis Fund (KNCV) has called on the government in The Hague to take the lead in the battle against TB in Europe. The organisation said on Thursday decisive action is necessary as Europe has the highest percentage of multi drug-resistant TB in the world. An international conference on TB at the Clingendael Institute in The Hague heard on Thursday that it is estimated 70,000 people die in Europe annually from the contagious illness. Taking action now would cost USD 9 billion  (EUR 7.13 billion) over 10 years but the costs will be much higher if the drive against TB is postponed.  Poor regions and prisons in eastern Europe are the major TB hot spots. Finland, as EU president, will host a European meeting on TB in October.

Pupils to avoid 'crashing planes'

Children of at least six families from the Frisian towns of Jelsum and Cornjum will not attend a sports day at a local football pitch on Friday for fear of crashing planes. The towns are to hold their traditional town festivals on Friday and Saturday. The nearby air force base at Leeuwarden is hosting a large air show at the same time. "Some parents find the risk is too great and they are their children," director Fokke Hofman of Oan 't Skipperspypke primary school said on Thursday.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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