Dutch news in brief, 26 September 2006

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Replacement minister sworn in, Queen Beatrix swore in the Liberal VVD's Pieter Winsemius as Housing, Planning and Environment Minister on Tuesday. He replaces Sybilla Dekker who resigned last week together with Piet Hein Donner (Justice) following a damning report into the Schiphol detention centre fire. Donner has already been replaced by the Christian Democrat CDA's Hirsch Ballin. The Cabinet will give an official response to the Schiphol report in October.

Replacement minister sworn in

Queen Beatrix swore in the Liberal VVD's Pieter Winsemius as Housing, Planning and Environment Minister on Tuesday. He replaces Sybilla Dekker who resigned last week together with Piet Hein Donner (Justice) following a damning report into the Schiphol detention centre fire. Donner has already been replaced by the Christian Democrat CDA's Hirsch Ballin. The Cabinet will give an official response to the Schiphol report in October.

Terrorism jokes no laughing matter

People who make jokes about terrorism should be punished more severely, the chief of the national anti-terrorism co-ordination office, Tjibbe Joustra, has said. He was referring to people who exclaim at Schiphol Airport they have a bomb in their bag. Jokers such as that usually escape with a fine that does not weigh up against the costs. Joustra thinks offenders should also pay the legal costs. "It is incomprehensible that people have the nerve to make such jokes. If you do something like that in America, you don't get to go home for a while," he said.

No buses in northern provinces

No bus services will be available in the provinces of Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland between 6-9am on Wednesday due to industrial action. Drivers with transport company Arriva will walk off the job in protest against a lack of new service rosters. 

Man injured by mattress

A 55-year-old Groningen man was seriously injured on Monday after a collision with a mattress. The housing corporation employee was throwing a mattress into a rubbish container when the accident occurred. The mattress bounced back and knocked the man off the container. He fell 2m to the ground below, seriously injuring his back. The man was taken by trauma helicopter to hospital.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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