Dutch news in brief, 16 August 2006

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Amsterdam has most expensive terraces

Amsterdam has most expensive terraces

Amsterdam has the most expensive café terraces in the Netherlands, according to a new study. For the third year in a row the most expensive locations were Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein in the centre of the city. The researchers bought two glasses of beer, two glasses of rosé and two soft drinks. The average cost in Amsterdam was EUR 14.50, only two cents more than in 2005. The cheapest terraces were in Eindhoven. The round of drinks cost EUR 11.95 there. But that was 8 percent more than the year before. Rotterdam and The Hague were second and third behind Amsterdam, with the round costing EUR 13.98 and EUR 13.85 respectively.

Museums start integration courses

The Stedelijk Museum and the Amsterdams Historisch Museum are developing programmes specifically designed for new Dutch citizens. The museums hope in this way to introduce newcomers to the cultural and history of the Dutch capital. The city council has provided a subsidy of EUR 140,000 for the voluntary courses that are scheduled to begin in 2007.

Military 'forgets' another memory stick

The Dutch has yet again lost a data storage device, this time at the military base in the Afghan province of Uruzgan. The commander reported a device was missing but no details have been released about the information it contained. Last month military chiefs advised their personnel not to use memory sticks until a secure encryption technique is available. Military and police personnel have lost several memory sticks with sensitive information in the last year.

KPN customers plagued by phantom calls

Some clients of telecoms company KPN are being plagued by phantom phone calls. KPN has received more than 170 complaints about phone calls in the night that have been incorrectly forwarded from other parts of the world, including Japan and the Philippines. The company has apologised but said there is little it can do to as the problem originates outside the Netherlands. It said the complaints referred to calls transferred via Teleglobe of Canada and Germany's Deutsche Telekom. But these companies are also powerless, as the glitch is earlier in the chain.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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