Dutch news in brief, 9 May 2006

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Ship sinks after collision, A ship collided with another vessel and sank in the Hollands Diep river on Tuesday. Two people on the stricken ship ended up in the water. A women was quickly rescued but the search was continuing on Tuesday afternoon for a second person, believed to be the captain. Divers and a helicopter were called in to assist the Water Police in the search. Hollands Diep is a waterway that connects the Rhine to the Maas, and is an important part of the course between Rotterdam and Antwerp.

Ship sinks after collision

A ship collided with another vessel and sank in the Hollands Diep river on Tuesday. Two people on the stricken ship ended up in the water. A women was quickly rescued but the search was continuing on Tuesday afternoon for a second person, believed to be the captain. Divers and a helicopter were called in to assist the Water Police in the search. Hollands Diep is a waterway that connects the Rhine to the Maas, and is an important part of the course between Rotterdam and Antwerp.

Senator to throw in the towel

Senator Sam Pormes has agreed with his colleagues in the green-left party GroenLinks that he will retire from the Upper House of Parliament in the Autumn. The party executive expelled Pormes because he had allegedly not been open about his links to Moluccan militants in the 1970s. The party council re-instated him but relations with the rest of his colleagues has not been the same since.

Photo of dead baby on TV

A photograph of a dead newborn baby is to be shown on Tuesday's edition of Opsporing Verzocht, a programme in which the police ask for the public's assistant to solve crimes. The baby's body was found in Doetinchem lake in January. The body met a violent death shortly after he was born. This is the second time the case has been featured on the programme. The usual step of showing the picture is being taken in the hope it will lead to a break in the case. The investigators are conscious the likely culprit, the mother, is capable of committing a similar act again, a police spokesperson said.

Tax increase urged to cut youth smoking

Increasing the duty and tax on cigarettes is the best way to prevent young people from starting to smoke. It would cause more young people to stop smoking, the national health institute RIVM said on Tuesday. A 20 percent increase in the price of a packet of cigarettes would quickly lead to 20,000 youths giving up, research by the RIVM suggests.

Osdorp to protect WW II tributes

Osdorp district council in Amsterdam announced in future measures will be taken to protect floral tributes placed at the local freedom monument on Remembrance Day. After wreaths were again destroyed by vandals last week, officials in Osdorp said wreaths laid next year will be taken away for safe keeping at night and returned to the monument during the day.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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