Dutch news in brief, 26 July 2004

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Teenage pregnancies continue to decline

Teenage pregnancies continue to decline

The number of teenage mothers in the Netherlands continues to decline, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said on Monday. There were 3,311 children born to a mother younger than 20 last year, compared 3,516 in 2002. Antillean and Aruban girls showed a small increase in the number of teenage pregnancies. But the CBS said a general decline in the number of teenage mothers was noted in all age categories. The decline was attributed to better pregnancy prevention. And despite the fact that figures showed last month that abortions among teenage mothers declined by 7 percent, the number of children born to teenage mothers did not increase in 2003.

Dutch film director dies, aged 67

Dutch film director Wim Verstappen has died in his home city Amsterdam at the age of 67. He was suffering from cancer. Verstappen was considered the advance guard of the new generation of filmmakers in the Netherlands. He made his first film in 1966 with the "De minder gelukkige terugkeer van Joszef Katus naar het land van Rembrandt", a film about protests and life in Amsterdam in the 1960s. But Verstappen is best known for his soft-porn 1971 film Blue Movie. Verstappen established the film company Scorpio with Pim de la Parra and was honoured by the Dutch film industry with the Golden Calf award for his entire oeuvre in 1995. He was closely involved in defending filmmaker rights in recent years. 

Overmars ends international football career

Dutch international soccer star Marc Overmars has announced his retirement, ending his career with FC Barcelona. The winger citied continued injury problems with his right knee — in which there is almost no cartilage left — for his decision. The former Ajax star debuted with the Dutch national team in 1994 and played in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and the European Championships of 1996, 2000 and 2004.

Caption killed in explosion on Dutch ship

The captain of a Dutch ship was killed in an explosion in the harbour of the German city Essen on Sunday morning. A crew member of the gas tanker Charlotte was injured, but the captain's wife and her two children escaped unscathed. The tanker had delivered its load of naphtha —  a light inflammable gas —  and was to set anchor when two of the ship's 10 gas tanks exploded at about 2am Sunday. The tanks were carrying the remains of the naphtha with brackish sea water.

Broadband internet increasingly popular

Broadband internet is becoming increasingly popular in the Netherlands, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) said on Monday. The number of households with broadband internet rose from 24 percent in 2002 to 34 percent last year. Those with an analogue connection fell from 60 to 50 percent. Almost six out of 10 Dutch households have an internet connection, four times the number in 1998. Seven out of 10 Dutch nationals older than 12 regularly surfed the net last year. The average use was 15 hours per week, news agency Novum reported.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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