Dutch news in brief, 16 January 2006

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Blaze at school in The Hague, A fire broke out at primary school 'De Wereldwijzer' on Tasmanstraat in The Hague on Monday morning. All the children were evacuated safely from the school. A spokesperson for the Fire Brigade said the blaze had caused considerable damage to the attic of the building.

Blaze at school in The Hague

A fire broke out at primary school 'De Wereldwijzer' on Tasmanstraat in The Hague on Monday morning. All the children were evacuated safely from the school. A spokesperson for the Fire Brigade said the blaze had caused considerable damage to the attic of the building.

'2005 bargain year for groceries"

Prices at supermarkets were in general cheaper in 2005 than the year before, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said. Foodstuffs were on average 1.2 percent cheaper last year, thanks to the ongoing price war between rival supermarkets. Prices last year were even lower than prices prior to the introduction of the euro.

Train go-slow in north Personnel of transportation company Arriva began go-slow industrial action on Monday morning, resulting in the cancellation of some services and others running late, a spokesperson for trade union 'De Unie' said. It is estimated 70 percent of the staff based in Groningen joined the action. They were protesting at the worsening of their financial situation under the pay deal for Arriva staff, compared with the pay deal agreed by their former employer, Dutch rail company NS. The union is demanding EUR 9,000 compensation per person. Arriva is offering EUR 2,500. Plane burns in trailer A small plane burst into flame while being transported in a trailer on the Utrechtsebaan in The Hague on Monday morning. Police diverted traffic to avoid the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation. XS4ALL most reliable Internet provider XS4ALL offered the most stable and reliable email service in 2005, according to a comparison of 90 large internet providers by iPing Research. Wanadoo and Planet Internet came in second and third place. The worst performer was Raketnet, iPing said. Gas leak in Tiel Thirty residents of a seniors' flat complex in Tiel were evacuated on Sunday night  following the discovery of a gas leak. Digging by a repair crew hit a water main, and it was initially feared 30 homes nearby would also have to be cleared. But this transpired to be unnecessary. The seniors were moved to a police station and later transferred to a hotel for the night. A spokesperson for Tiel municipality said the gas leak was sealed by Monday morning.

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