Dutch news in brief, 27 January 2006

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Election begins in Antilles, Prime Minister Etienne Ys of the Netherlands Antilles tendered his resignation as citizens of the five-island Caribbean nation went to the polls on Friday. Governor Frits Goedgedrag, Queen Beatrix's representative, asked Ys and his ministers to stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new administration is formed. Ys plans to end his 12-year political career once a new government takes over. Polling stations on the five islands open at 1pm (Dutch time) as 27 parties battle for 2

Election begins in Antilles

Prime Minister Etienne Ys of the Netherlands Antilles tendered his resignation as citizens of the five-island Caribbean nation went to the polls on Friday. Governor Frits Goedgedrag, Queen Beatrix's representative, asked Ys and his ministers to stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new administration is formed. Ys plans to end his 12-year political career once a new government takes over. Polling stations on the five islands open at 1pm (Dutch time) as 27 parties battle for 22 seats. More than 140,000 of the country's 220,000 citizens are entitled to vote.

Massive pile-up in Rotterdam

Between 10 and 20 vehicles were involved in a chain collision on the A16 near the Feijenoord district of Rotterdam at about 8am on Friday. The police said at least two people were injured and the road in the Dordrecht direction was closed.

Alarm to wake bus drivers

A new system is being tested to drastically reduce the number of accidents involving bus drivers failing asleep at the wheel. Bus company Beuk touring cars in Noordwijk confirmed on Friday it is taking part in the trial of the system which uses cameras and sensors to monitor the driver. The apparatus sounds an alarm if the driver nods off.

Boy (8) dies as ice breaks

An eight-year-old boy from the Friesian town of Ijlst died on Thursday when ice gave way underneath him. He was playing with a friend, also 8, on a frozen stream at the time. His friend was rescued quickly from the water and was taken to hospital with hypothermia. It took 20 minutes for divers to retrieve the victim. He was resuscitated, but died later in hospital.

Agent sacked for losing disks

The former employee who left computer disks with sensitive information in a lease car has been sacked by the Dutch intelligence service (AIVD), Minister Johan Remkes told parliament on Thursday. MPs were questioning Remkes on new revelations about AIVD information falling into the hands of criminals. The agent was employed by the regional intelligence service in Rotterdam when he misplaced the disks that contained allegations about Pim Fortuyn's sex life and details about members of his LPF party. Crime reporter Peter R. de Vries obtained the disks after the agent transferred to the AIVD. 

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