Dutch news in brief, 19 September 2005

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City buses to run on gas, Junior Environment Minister Pieter Van Geel wants all city buses and garbage collection trucks to be converted to run on natural gas because it is more environment-friendly than diesel. A spokesperson for the minister said on Monday that Van Geel would consult with tax minister Joop Wijn in the coming year about the introduction of fiscal incentives for the use of natural gas. A sum of EUR 12 million is available for 2006 to stimulate the use of gas by public transport and local g

City buses to run on gas

Junior Environment Minister Pieter Van Geel wants all city buses and garbage collection trucks to be converted to run on natural gas because it is more environment-friendly than diesel. A spokesperson for the minister said on Monday that Van Geel would consult with tax minister Joop Wijn in the coming year about the introduction of fiscal incentives for the use of natural gas. A sum of EUR 12 million is available for 2006 to stimulate the use of gas by public transport and local government vehicles.

British travellers arrested in cannabis haul

Two British travellers have been detained after being caught at Gare du Midi train station in Brussels with 27.3 kilos of cannabis. The individuals were arrested by police who became suspicious of their behaviour when they got off a train from Amsterdam. The two suspects said they were on their way to London and had bought the drugs from an unknown Dutchman.

College taken over by German students

There are more Germans than Dutch people studying at Fontys College in the Dutch border city of Venlo. Of the total 2,200-strong student body, 1,150 are German. This has prompted Fontys management to launch a  campaign to attract students from the Dutch provinces of Limburg and Noord-Brabant.

Fire brigade distributes smoke detectors

Fire brigade personnel handed out 1,700 information packs containing smoke detectors in the central district of Drenthe Province on Saturday. The campaign focused on Nieuw Balinge, Oosthalen, Oranje, Hoogersmilde and the surrounding areas as it takes up to 12 minutes for the emergency services to respond to fires in this region. This is because the fire station in Nieuw Balinge was closed down two years ago due to the limited number of cases its officers were called to deal with. The fire brigade emphasised it was not trying to cut the number of emergency calls further. But the detectors should give people time to deal with small fires before they get out of control.

Limburg cuts back on archaeological digs

Limburg is to cut back on archaeological digs in the region drastically. According to a document circulated by the provincial government on Monday, the number of excavations in the province will be reduced by 60 percent. The move comes as it was revealed half the 650 sites explored in the last 10 years have turned up nothing of historical value.

Swimming pool to use its own water

'De Blinkerd' in The Hague is the latest swimming pool to use its own water source. The local Council drilled a 45-metre deep well to a natural water source in May and plans to use this to fill the pool from now on rather than using water from the tap. Tests have confirmed the spring water meets the required quality standard.The changeover will save on 10,000 square metres of water from the mains water supply — the equivalent of the water use of 60 families in a year.

'Burglar' was looking for love

Police officers arrested a 20-year-old man on the roof of a home in the Veldhoven district of Tilburg on Sunday. He was initially suspected of being a burglar but it transpired he intended to spend the night with his girlfriend, 17, without her parents finding out. The man was released after he apologised to the parents and promised to curtail his amorous night-time activities.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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