Dutch news in brief, 16 May 2006

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Heineken seeks beer tasters, Dutch beer giant Heineken is seeking consumers in the Netherlands who will test beer several days a week for two years. They will be paid for their services and will be ferried by taxi to the company plant at Zoeterwoude. The tasters will not be allowed to drown themselves in their work; they will only get five or six gulps of beer in the laboratory per visit. They will also be given water and soft drinks. "They will have to write up their findings so we can see what the consum

Heineken seeks beer tasters

Dutch beer giant Heineken is seeking consumers in the Netherlands who will test beer several days a week for two years. They will be paid for their services and will be ferried by taxi to the company plant at Zoeterwoude. The tasters will not be allowed to drown themselves in their work; they will only get five or six gulps of beer in the laboratory per visit. They will also be given water and soft drinks. "They will have to write up their findings so we can see what the consumer likes," a company spokesperson said on Tuesday. Candidates for the job must be 21 or older.

Four helicopters to Suriname

The Netherlands is sending four Lynx helicopters  to help with disaster relief in the former Dutch colony of Suriname. The helicopters will be used to create an air bridge between the capital Paramaribo and areas hit by severe flooding, Dutch Development Aid Minister Agnes van Ardenne said during a television fund-raising appeal.

Netherlands is spyware hub

The Netherlands comes third in the rankings of countries responsible for circulating the most computer viruses and spyware, according to the annual report by Opta, the Dutch regulator for the telecommunication sector. The US and China come first and second on the list. Opta promised firm action to address the problem in the Netherlands.

Motorway bridges get safety fences

Transport Ministry officials have begun placing fences on bridges over the A4 motorway to prevent people throwing objects onto the cars below. A motorist was killed last year when two young men dropped a paving stone on her car. The fences are 3 metres high. It is expected similar fences will be erected on other motorways.

Afghan mission gets sex change

The Dutch Ministry of Defence has altered the name for the dangerous mission to the south of Afghanistan to 'Taskforce Uruzgan' because of fears the original name 'Unicorn' has gay connotations in English. 'Unicorn' is the name used by an American gay federation. The Dutch will be serving alongside troops from the US and other English-speaking countries. "Dutch troops think a mythical name is great, as long as they are not made out to be queers," a Dutch officer in Kandahar said. Dutch gay federation COC condemned the military for its "homophobic reaction".

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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