Dutch news in brief, 7 December 2005

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Postbank wins website accolade

Postbank wins website accolade

Postbank's website has won the public prize for the best website of 2005. During a month-long contest, the public could choose between 125 nominated sites. Some  600,000 people voted for the bank's site in the "overall" category. Postbank also cames top of the financial category. The news category was won by Nu.nl, and Marktplaats was voted the best e-commerce site. Hotmail won the IT category and Google was voted the best portal.

Man jailed for threatening John de Mol 

A court in Amsterdam sentenced a man, Rocky T., to two years in jail for attempting to extort money from Dutch media tycoon John de Mol and his company Talpa. The defendant also threatened Talpa staff and sparked four hoax bomb alerts. The central train station in Rotterdam was evacuated during one alert.

Police close road after accidents

The police closed the N215 provincial road in the south of the country on Wednesday morning to investigate a fatal traffic accident on Tuesday. Traffic in both directions was diverted and the police said the road would be free again by the afternoon. The driver and a passenger died when their car hit an oncoming vehicle during a manoeuvre to get around two other cars that had crashed into each other.

Holland won't head WK group

The Dutch national soccer team will not head one of the groups in the World Cup championships in Germany next year, FIFA announced on Tuesday. FIFA is to hold a lottery on Friday to decide the composition of the various groups. The lottery will decide which countries the Netherlands will face in its World Cup group. The list of potential opponents consists of the hosts Germany, title holder Brazil, Italy, Argentina, Mexico and England.

12 tips in Sévèke murder case

The police have received 12 tips from the public after the broadcast on Tuesday of a composite image of the man wanted for the murder of political activist Louis Sévèke in Nijmegen on 15 November. Police how that one or more of the tips will lead to a breakthrough in the case.

Candle accidents double in festive season

The number of people who suffer burns from candles in December is twice the average for other months, according to figures published by the burn wounds foundation 'Brandwonden Stichting' on Wednesday. The foundation has launched a campaign to warn people of the risk of using candles in the hope of cutting the number of accidents.

Man caught with illegal fireworks

A 39-year-old man from the Dutch town of Tubbergen was arrested in Almelo when police discovered 2,800 kilos of powerful fireworks in his van. The haul included illegal flares and dozens of Chinese rolls of bangers. The police said they were acting on a tip-off. The fireworks were destroyed by the authorities.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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