Dutch news in brief, 3 February 2006

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Mobile boss leaving KPN, Guy Demuynck is to step down as head of KPN's mobile division on 1 July to join another company, the Dutch telecoms firm announced on Friday. KPN has not yet named a permanent replacement and has asked Marco Visser, director of commercial operations for KPN Mobile Nederland, to succeed Demuynck for now. Demuynck joined KPN from electronics giant Philips, where he had been CEO of the Consumer Electronics Division since 2000.

Mobile boss leaving KPN

Guy Demuynck is to step down as head of KPN's mobile division on 1 July to join another company, the Dutch telecoms firm announced on Friday. KPN has not yet named a permanent replacement and has asked Marco Visser, director of commercial operations for KPN Mobile Nederland, to succeed Demuynck for now. Demuynck joined KPN from electronics giant Philips, where he had been CEO of the Consumer Electronics Division since 2000.

Frans Bauer has best laugh

Popular singer Frans Bauer has the nicest laugh in the Netherlands, according to the Nederland Positief and United Smile foundations. He was awarded the Gouden Lach (Golden Laugh) award after getting 33 percent (23,264) of the votes cast by the public on the United Smile website last month. Presenter and actress Chantal Janzen came in second place with 28 percent of the votes. Presenter Ellemieke Vermolen came third. The two organisations organised the election to underline the importance of laughter in keeping the Netherlands positive.

Boy (15) stabs his father in head

A boy, 15, stabbed his father in the head with a knife and glass on Thursday. His father, 51, was not seriously injured, the police said. The incident took place at the boy's school on Merellaan in Capelle aan den IJssel. The boy's struck out in anger during a meeting with the school's principal about his behaviour, the police said. He was arrested. 

Men arrested for 'mile high club' indiscretion

The Military Police (marechaussee) arrested two male passengers at Schiphol Airport last month for allegedly engaging in oral sex during a flight from Asia, a spokesperson for the authorities said on Friday. The Irishman and Korean national were allegedly caught in the act in the business class section of the aircraft by the purser.They were offered the opportunity to settle the case by paying EUR 1,000. They refused and will now have to face court on public indecency charges.

'No dope' signs for sale 

The local council in the Baarsjes district of Amsterdam has decided to sell its new 'no cannabis smoking' signs for EUR 90. The Baarsjes was the first district in the Netherlands to implement a new by-law on Wednesday to prevent young people hanging around in public to smoke drugs. The first sign on Mercatorplein disappeared shortly after it was erected and similar thefts have followed. Local officials how selling copies of the signs will sate the public demand. Money raised from the sale of the signs will go to charity.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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