Dutch news in brief, 4 May 2005

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Turkish airline safety concerns

Turkish airline safety concerns

A plane from Turkish airline Onur Air — which is under supervision by the Transport and Public Works Inspectorate (IVW) — was forced on Tuesday night to return to Schiphol Airport due to engine problems. Shortly after take-off, the pilot noticed problems and returned to Amsterdam. No passengers were injured. The IVW has grounded the plane for further inspections. Onur Air has been under supervision for some time, but had recently been improving. In the past week, the Turkish airline has again encountered problems, prompting intensified supervision. Turkish authorities have also been reprimanded.

Chinese protest against Japan

Coinciding with Remembrance Day in the Netherlands, about 200 Chinese people have protested against Japan in The Hague. The protestors claim Japan is trying to downplay its role in the Second World War. Marching towards the Japanese embassy, the protestors carried Chinese and Dutch flags. The protest comes after demonstrations in China last month against a controversial Japanese school history book that deal with WWII. Japan invaded China and committed atrocities there prior to its attack on Pearl Harbour.

TB testing found 427 infections

The Zeist City Council and health authority GGD completed the largest ever tuberculosis (TB) investigation in Dutch history on Wednesday. The results were "not alarming" and there is not reason to expand the scope of testing, the council said. In total, 21,192 people were tested for TB and skin tests showed 427 people to be infected. Seven showed the signs of open TB and one person already had open TB and was infectious. Some 15,515 underwent skin tests, while 5,677 had x-rays made. None of those x-rayed had TB. The testing was prompted after a supermarket worker was found to have an infectious form of TB in November.

KNVB rejects police costing plan

Dutch football association KNVB and affiliated clubs have rejected calls to pay some of the cost of deploying police officers during matches. Interior Minister Johan Remkes wants clubs to pre-pay for police coverage. If there are fewer officers deployed at a match than budgeted, the clubs will be repaid the excess. But the KNVB and football clubs believe maintenance of law and order is a job for the government. Police chiefs have also rejected the minister's legislative proposal. The plan comes after mass riot between Ajax and Feyenoord supporters recently.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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