Dutch news in brief, 29 August 2005

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Afternoon and weekends biggest killer

Afternoon and weekends biggest killer

The majority of deaths on Dutch roads occur during the afternoon rush hour and at weekends, the Dutch statistics agency CBS said on Monday. Yet the number of traffic deaths has fallen sharply: from 1,088 in 2003 to 881 last year. The CBS said almost twice as many people are killed during the afternoon rush hour as in morning. The highest proportion die in accidents from 4pm to 6pm. Most fatal accidents at the weekend occur at night. Alcohol often plays a significant role, particularly among young people. One in eight young people killed on the road were in an accident in which alcohol was a factor, the CBS said.

Companies ignore consumer complaints

Dutch companies often do little to deal with complaints from consumers, the Socio-economic council SER said on Monday. "Once again too many complaints are not dealt with adequately in a timely manner," the council wrote in a report sent to the Social Affairs Ministry. The SER wants the government to compel businesses to better publicise the fact their clients can bring grievance to an arbitration committee. In addition, companies in all sectors of the economy should make agreements with the relevant consumer organisation in relation to the handling of customer complaints, the SER said.

Lion cubs on show

Lion cubs Ayana en Nyota, who were born six weeks ago, appeared in public for the first time in Amsterdam's Artis Zoo on Monday. Lioness Arusha kept a watchful eye on the pair as dozens of children and their parents gathered around their enclosure to get a glimpse of the cubs. Ayana means lovely flower in Swahili and Nyota means star, a spokesperson for the zoo said. The little lions were allowed out in the open about 10 days earlier than originally planned. "They scratched the door and indicated they were ready for the world," the spokesperson said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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