Dutch news in brief, 11 April 2005

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Dubious traffic jam title changes hands

Dubious traffic jam title changes hands

The junction of Kleinpolderplein at Rotterdam has won the dubious title of worst bottleneck in the first three months of 2005. The A13 motorway took the title off the Everdingen junction on the A2. Everdingen has been the worst bottleneck for Dutch motorists for several years. The Traffic Information Service (VID) also said on Monday the problems at Everdingen on the Den Bosch-bound lanes (evening) and Utrecht-bound lanes (morning) have almost disappeared. This is due to the completion of roadworks and the construction of peak-hour lanes. Traffic jam problems in total fell by 6.2 percent in the first quarter of this year, as motorists reacted wisely to snowfalls, the VID said.

Curacao votes for autonomous status

Curacao voted in a referendum on Friday to become an autonomous state within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Sixty-eight percent voted for the Caribbean island to step out of the Dutch Antilles government in favour of a 'Status Aparte'. Twenty-three percent voted for closer ties with the Netherlands and only 5 percent backed full independence, news agency AFP reported. The smaller Sint Eustatius chose to uphold the status quo. Dutch Kingdom Relations Minister Alexander Pechtold said the results are "a good basis for further talks" about the future of the kingdom. A conference aimed at overhauling kingdom relations will be held in July, but the Dutch and Antillean parliaments will need to approve the recommendations.

Police assaulted at tram stop 

Two police officers were assaulted and threatened on a Rotterdam tram on Sunday night. An officer was also punched in the face at a tram stop a short time later, while another colleague was also attacked. The officers were rescued by reinforcements. The incident started as 25 men refused to show their tickets to staff of transport authority RET. When police arrived, a 24-year-old Spijkenisse man refused again to show his ticket and as officers forced the man off the tram, some of his friends closed in around them. Additional officers arrived and arrested six men. One of the suspects was injured when a police dog bit his calf.

Singer Wally Tax dies, age 57

Wally Tax, the singer of 1960s Dutch psychedelic beat band The Outsiders, died in Amsterdam on Sunday at the age of 57. The Outsiders (1965-69) scored hits all over Europe and sold 2 million records in the US. After the band split up, Tax started his own band, called Tax Free, winning critical acclaim without commercial success. Tax continued to make music until his death, but addiction to drugs and alcohol badly affected his health.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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