Dutch news in brief, 6 August 2004

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Amsterdam's terraces most expensive

Amsterdam's terraces most expensive

Amsterdam is home to the most expensive café terraces in the Netherlands, according to hospitality research bureau Van Spronsen. The firm was asked to undertake a study of terrace prices as part of a charm offensive planned by the industry. Van Spronsen staff visited about 100 terraces around the country and ordered two beers, two glasses of rose wine and two Spa waters. The average cost in Amsterdam was EUR 13.55 and Rotterdam was in second place on EUR 13.40. In Utrecht, the same order cost about EUR 1.50 less than it did in Rotterdam. Café bosses blame the high drink and food prices on rising costs. A terrace of 25 sq m requires a licence costing EUR 2,000 per year in Amsterdam, while terrace licences in Rotterdam are free, newspaper Het Parool reported.

Man jailed for 'peanut butter' killing

An appeals court in Den Bosch jailed a chemist, 27, for eight years on Friday for killing his girlfriend with poison, NOS news service reported. The court also ordered the defendant to undergo TBS psychiatric treatment at a secure hospital at the end of his jail sentence. The prosecution had asked the appeals court to impose nine years in jail and TBS. Earlier the trial court jailed the man for six years. The defendant poisoned his girlfriend, 30, with a peanut butter sandwich laced with poison. She died shortly after eating the sandwich. The Appeals Court noted she could have been saved if the man had broken his silence about what he had done when she was in hospital. The man admitted after she died that he could not cope with her wishes to marry and have children.

Flevoland birds hit by botulism

Scores of birds in Oostervaardplassen marsh area between Lelystad and Almere have been hit botulism food poisoning. In the last week 70 wild ducks and 68 other birds have died of the condition in the biggest marsh land in the Netherlands. News agency ANP said the botulism has been identified as type C which is not harmful to humans.

Schiphol 'overrun' by smugglers' kids

The large number of children travelling with drug smugglers caught at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is causing serious difficulties. it was reported Friday. News agency ANP quoted information from anonymous sources who said many children had to be kept temporarily in cells at the airports with their parents as there was nowhere else to put them.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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