Dutch news in brief, 21 December 2005

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'Terror witness a AIVD agent'

'Terror witness a AIVD agent'

One of the 14 Muslim men on trial for membership of a terrorist organisation told the court in Amsterdam on Wednesday that state witness Saleh B. was an informant for the intelligence service AIVD. Samir A., 19, said he had no proof of this, but he insisted Saleh B. had tricked the accused men on behalf of the AIVD. "If he is not an informant, he should be sitting at the front of the dock," Samir A. said. Saleh B. has denied working for the authorities.

Emmen eatery voted best snack bar

The 'Bik Bar' in the eastern town of Emmen is the best snack bar in the Netherlands, according to magazine 'Snackkoerier'. The jury picked 'Bik Bar' because it "caters to all its target groups, radiates informal sociability, and has exceptionally skillful and friendly personnel". The food is also good, 'Snackkoerier' said. 'Snackpoint Knoors' in the Limburg town of Berg aan de Maas came in second place and 'Snackcorner Nieuwveld' in Hoogvliet, near Rotterdam, came third. A visit to the latter is a "real party", the jury said.

Municipalities turn on UMTS masts

Dozens of local authorities are refusing to cooperate with the placing of UMTS masts for mobile phones. The local authorities are responding to public concerns about the alleged health risks associated with the radiation given off by the masts, newspaper 'Trouw' reported on Wednesday. MoNet, the joint working group of mobile operators, believes the fears are unfounded. A spokesperson said the amount of radiation from a mast is no greater than that given off by a light bulb.

Opticians put fireworks in the shades

Opticians of the Rijnmond region near Rotterdam have begun selling special "hip" sunglasses to protect people's  eyes from fireworks on New Year's Eve. The idea arose following a warning from the local hospital about an increase in the number of people suffering eye injuries as a result of fireworks. "Some 90 percent of the victims were males aged between 8 and 17," the opticians said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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