Dutch news in brief, 24 August 2004

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All foreign students allowed entry on time

All foreign students allowed entry on time

All foreign students who submitted an application this summer with the Dutch immigration service IND will be allowed to start studying in the Netherlands from 1 September. Hundreds of students encountered delays last year because the IND was late in processing their applications for a temporary residence permit (MVV). But a Justice Ministry spokesman told news agency Novum on Tuesday that the IND problem had been resolved this year. The turnaround was partly due to the fact that the Netherlands organisation for international co-operation in higher education, Nuffic, urged students to submit their applications on time. Between 1 June and 16 August, 2,988 foreign students applied for entry into the Netherlands to study.

Man killed in Amercentrale power plant accident

A 31-year-old man from Etten-Leur was killed on Tuesday morning when he was crushed under a pile of steel sheets at the Amercentrale power plant in Geertruidenberg. The man was airlifted by trauma helicopter to the St. Elisabeth Hospital in Tilburg, but died several hours later. He was an employee of a contract company performing hoisting work at the power plant. The Labour Inspectorate has launched an inquiry. The accident comes after five men were killed when scaffolding collapsed in a boiler at the same power plant in September 2003.

Multiple re-use of big plastic bottles to be scrapped

Environment State Secretary Pieter van Geel said on Monday he will abolish obligatory recycling of large soft-drinks and water bottles from 1 January 2006. Van Geel also said he might introduce a money-back system on the return of small bottles and cans, news service NIS reported. Despite the fact that compulsory multiple re-use of the big bottles will be scrapped, there will still be money given back on returned bottles to prevent a build up of litter. The disadvantages of the present recycling system include the required extra space in shops and warehouses and extra transport and production lines.

Oliver appoints Amsterdam chef for new TV series

British TV chef Jamie Oliver has appointed two chefs to prepare his dishes at the Amsterdam restaurant Fifteen. Ben van Beurten will be the lead chef and Bastiaan Doesburg will be responsible for teaching the students put to work at Oliver's new restaurant. Oliver previously gave chef's training to 15 unemployed youths at his London restaurant for a highly popular TV series. The Dutch version of the programme will be aired on Net 5 starting from October, newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Monday. Van Beurten was previously the lead chef at the Krasnapolsky and the Amsterdam restaurant Rosarium, while Doesburg has worked at Vermeer and Vossius in Amsterdam. It is intended that the restaurant Fifteen Amsterdam — located in a warehouse on the Oostelijke Handelskade — will open at the end of November.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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