Morning newspapers – 15 November 2007

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Road pricing, charging motorists for each kilometre they drive on major motorways, will not be able to be fully introduced until 2016 at the earliest. The Telegraaf reports that this can be concluded from a confidential memo from Transport Minister Camiel Eurlings due to be discussed in the cabinet meeting on Friday. The plan so far has been to introduce road pricing nationally by 2012. The memo reportedly gives four options for intermediate steps that can serve as a start for implementing road pricing thr

Road pricing, charging motorists for each kilometre they drive on major motorways, will not be able to be fully introduced until 2016 at the earliest. The Telegraaf reports that this can be concluded from a confidential memo from Transport Minister Camiel Eurlings due to be discussed in the cabinet meeting on Friday. The plan so far has been to introduce road pricing nationally by 2012. The memo reportedly gives four options for intermediate steps that can serve as a start for implementing road pricing throughout the country.

A serious nuclear incident took place in a radiology lab in Petten last year. Radioactive strontium was released and two people were affected, the GPD papers report. The two employees of the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands suffered internal contamination. The incident was not publicised, but was reported to the Department of Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards of the environment ministry. The lab was sealed off when the contamination was discovered.

Consumers are not interested in rapid internet via fibre optic network for the time being, the current standard is good enough, says Karianne Vermaas, who will defend her doctoral dissertation on the topic at the University of Utrecht next week. Sp!ts reports that her conclusions are supported by a number of large providers, like @Home and Casema, who do not want to make any extra investments at the moment for extending the fibre optic network to customers' front doors. "We are not opposed to fibre optic networks, but it won't be standard for another ten, twenty years," says a spokesperson for @Home.

The flu vaccination has little point for healthy workers, says Herman Bueving, head of the physician training programme at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He says in Sp!ts today: "The effect on absenteeism due to illness has been investigated, and at most it saved a half day." Employees of a number of businesses and health care institutions are being given a free flu vaccinations from Keurcompany in November. That company claims that vaccinated employees have 80 percent protection against the flu virus for a year.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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