Dutch news in brief, 22 September 2005

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Hirsi Ali nominated for top European award

Hirsi Ali nominated for top European award

Somali-born parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali is among 50 personalities nominated for the European of the Year award organised by weekly newspaper European Voice. Hirsi Ali, a member of the Dutch Liberal party (VVD), has been nominated in the "European campaigner of the year" section because of her support for women's rights. She faces competition from Irish musicians and anti-poverty activists Bono and Bob Geldof, Ukrainian President Viktor A.Yushchenko and the UK's prime minister Tony Blair. The public can vote for their preferred candidate via www.ev50.com and the winners will be announced in Brussels on 29 November.

Strippenkaart more expensive in 2006

The price of the Strippenkaart public transport travel card will increase by 2.6 percent next year. Half the increase is due to higher fuel costs, Transport Minister Karla Peijs said on Thursday. A 15 strip card will go up in price from EUR 6.50 to EUR 6.70 and the discounted version will cost EUR 4.40 in place of EUR 4.30.

Two terror suspects get bail

Two of the men charged with involvement with the alleged Muslim terrorist organisation Hofstadgroep were released from pre-trial custody by a court in The Hague on Thursday. Moroccan-Amsterdam Nadir A., 23, and Zine Labidine A., 27, a Moroccan with no fixed address in the Netherlands are charged with offences that carry jail terms shorter than the time the men would spend in detention awaiting the start of the trial on 5 December.

SE Brabant can be a top region

The south east of Brabant Province has the potential to become an important technology centre in Europe if government agencies invest EUR 1.75 billion in the region in the coming years, a new report claims. A special committee based in Eindhoven - the home of Philips - said the region must become a rule-free zone to create sufficient "playing room" to entice  for new technology companies. The report was presented to junior minister Karien Van Gennip of the Economics Affairs Ministry on Thursday. Rte government has already designated the area as a "Brainport".

Fuel prices - the only way is up

The prices of petrol and diesel was increased again on Thursday. Market leader Shell raised the recommended price of petrol by 3 cents. As a result a litre of Euro unleaded costs EUR 1.475 and a litre of Super stands at EUR 1.529. The price of a litre of diesel was increased from EUR 1.099 to EUR 1.115.

Not enough work for court

Haarlem Court is to slim down part of its branch at Schiphol because of a decline in the number of drugs and immigration cases to deal with at the airport. The cuts will hit the administrative staff at Schiphol Court. Haarlem has already assigned some of its surplus of judges temporarily to other districts.

Legendary TV star passes away

Joop Doderer, who played the legendary figure Swiebertje on Dutch television died on Thursday at the age of 84, his manager said. Doderer was a fixture on the small screen since the launch of regular television programmes in the Netherlands in 1951.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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