Dutch news in brief, 23 August 2005

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Football fan tackles Talpa's ads

Football fan tackles Talpa's ads

Football fan Theo Teitsma from Spijkenisse has launched a petition against what he believes are the excessive number of adverts during the football highlights show on new television station Talpa. He is calling on other viewers to add their names to his campaign by emailing voetbalzonderreclame@hotmail.com. He will send the petition to Talpa boss John de Mol. 

Home births still popular

The percentage of pregnant women opting to give birth at home has remained stable in recent years at 30 percent, according to a study carried out on behalf of the Dutch perinatal registration foundation. The study looked at all births in the Netherlands from 1995 to 2002. It had been thought up to now that the number of home births was falling due to the lack of midwives.

Politician tests ankle bracelet

MP Joost Eerdmans has being wearing an electronic ankle bracelet since Monday. He has undertaken to wear it and remain under the supervision of of the Probation Service for a week. Eerdmans wants to see if the bracelet is an effective alternative for offenders who face short jail terms.

Windows XP in Friesian

The Windows XP operating system is now available in Friesian, a language spoken in northern parts of the Netherlands, newspaper De Telegraaf reported. Software producer Microsoft has released a free update that will allow users turn their operating system to Friesian. Microsoft said the release is not a "systems critical update, adding "the people in Friesland may think differently about this".

Dismembered leg found

Crime-stoppers television programme Opsporing Verzocht features the mystery of a dismembered lower leg on Tuesday evening. The leg was found by an angler in water at Wijhe, near Deventer on 30 June. Police kept the discovery secret until now in the interest of the investigation. The limb part belongs to a man and was removed with some force, a spokesperson said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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