Dutch news in brief, 17 November 2005
'Pinnen' gets cheaper
Making electronic payments with a bank card in shops – or pinnen in Dutch – is to become cheaper. This has come about after the commmercial sector threatened legal action against the Dutch and Interpay, the organisation that processes the payments. Interpay now says the price shops have to pay for every transaction will be reduced by one cent, a reduction of 20 percent. In turn, the price of products may be cut or clients may be charged less for “pinning” under a certain amount. At the moment pin transactions of less than EUR 10 can entail an additional 10 to 15 cent charge for consumers.
Two arrested over drug dealer’s murder
The police arrested two men in October in connection with the murder of Alkmaar drug dealer Jaap van der Heiden, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) revealed on Thursday. No further details have been released. Van der Heiden was killed by a bomb left at the front door of his house in April 1993.
Dutch to send observers to Sudan
The Netherlands is to send dozens of police officers and soldiers to Sudan to monitor the peace treaty between the Christian-led rebel forces in the South and the Muslim government in the north of the country. The Dutch cabinet is to discuss the plan on Friday.
Emergency drill used for protest
Fire service personnel used a disaster drill in the centre of Rotterdam on Thursday to mount a protest at the plan to increase the retirement age. Protesting fire officers handed out pamphlets with the text “boyhood dreams become a nightmare”. The drill was designed to test the emergency services reaction to a potential disaster in the metro system.
Enschede has the best website
Enschede municipality has the best government website in the Netherlands, according to a survey. The Hague and Rotterdam came second and third in the survey carried out for Overheid.nl, the national government’s website. The websites were judged for usability, the information provided and how interactive they are. Enschede’s website offers locals the opportunity to avail of 300 products and services online without the need to visit a town hall.
Police officer wakes from coma
The police officer who was deliberately knocked off his motorbike in Rotterdam on 15 October has regained consciousness. The officer, who had part of his leg amputated, has been moved from the intensive care unit at the Erasmus Medisch Centrum. A man, 19, has admitted running over the policeman, 38, with a stolen car on the A15. Three people are in custody in connection with the incident.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news