Dutch news in brief, 17 February 2006

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BSE on farm in Gelderland, A cow on a farm in Gelderland Province was infected with BSE, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture said on Friday. This is the 81st case in the Netherlands since 1997 and the first case detected this year. The seven-year animal was slaughtered last week. Sixteen other cows were also killed as a precaution, though none showed signs of having BSE.

BSE on farm in Gelderland

A cow on a farm in Gelderland Province was infected with BSE, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture said on Friday. This is the 81st case in the Netherlands since 1997 and the first case detected this year. The seven-year animal was slaughtered last week. Sixteen other cows were also killed as a precaution, though none showed signs of having BSE.

Citizens'  initiative for smoke-free bars

Anti-smoking organisation 'Clean Air Now' announced it is to begin collecting signatures for a petition to put the issue of banning smoking in bars and restaurants on the agenda of parliament. This is the first time a group is to make use of the Citizens' Initiative law that was passed by MPs last week. At least 40,000 signatures are needed to put an item before parliament. Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst was urged by MPs last year to ask the food and hospitality sector to introduce its own voluntary measures to create smoke-free zones.

No prosecution for police shooting

The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) announced no charges will be laid against the police officer who shot and injured a by-stander during a fire at a deport in Nieuw-Buinen last year. The man was angry the Fire Department had parked one of its vehicles on his land. He refused a request to move on and became aggressive. The police officer resorted to pepper spray but the man continued to attack. The officer drew is handgun and shot him. A knife was found on the ground near where he fell.

Man killed in Haarlem

Local residents discovered the body of a man on the Joegoslaviëpad in Haarlem on Friday morning. Police opened a criminal investigation into his death. No further details about the man were released.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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