Dutch news in brief, 15 March 2006

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Vets flock to vaccination training

Vets flock to vaccination training

There has been considerable interest among veterinarians for a course on how to vaccinate poultry, it was reported on Wednesday. The Netherlands begins a major programme to vaccinate poultry most at risk from the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu. All poultry that are usefully raised in the open air are to be injected. The animal health service said three times the number of vets needed for the operation had applied for vaccination training.

Five men arrested for drug trafficking

Detectives in the Gelderland-Midden police region have arrested five men after an 18-month investigation into international drug trafficking. The suspects were allegedly active in various countries, a police spokesperson said. Two men from Arnhem and a man from Apeldoorn were arrested on 1 March when police found 85 kilos of cannabis, valued at EUR 250,000, in a car near Utrecht. large sums of money and weapons were seized during house searches. A man, 56, from Arnhem and a 40-year-old resident of a German town were arrested on Tuesday.

Subs for indisposed MPs

Members of parliament who fall ill or take maternity leave will be allowed to appoint a temporary replacement to carry on their work after a motion put forward by Government Reform Minister Alexander Pechtold was accepted on Wednesday. Soon members of the Senate, provisional and municipal councils will also have the right to appoint substitutes.

Holleeder's custody extended

A court in Haarlem extended the custody of reputed criminal godfather Willem Holleeder and seven co-accused for 30 days. The eight men were arrested on 30 January on suspicion of membership of a criminal organisation and extortion. Two of the alleged victims were Amsterdam property dealers Willem Endstra and Cees Houtman. Endstra was shot dead in May 2004 and  Houtman was murdered last year.

Akzo hit with massive fine in US

Dutch chemical giant Akzo Nobel has to pay USD 32 million (EUR 26.6 million) after it admitted making price-fixing deals from 1998 to 2001 for hydrogen peroxide, which is used as a bleaching agent by the pulp and paper industry. Akzo is also under investigation in the Europe. The European Commission fined the company on an early occasion for price-fixing.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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