Dutch news in brief, 29 September 2005

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Republican takes over as Socialist MP

Republican takes over as Socialist MP

An opponent of the monarchy has become a member of parliament for the Dutch Socialist Party. Amsterdam economist Ewout Irrgang (29) replaces Piet de Ruiter, 48, who has been absent from parliament due to illness since the end of 2003. De Ruiter's sick leave related in part to the pressure of his workload as a parliamentarian. Irrgang, who works for the central bank DNB, was a founder of the republican society, Nieuw Republikeins Genootschap, in 1998 which campaigns for the abolition of the Dutch monarchy.

Schools less strict on alcohol

Secondary schools in the Netherlands are becoming less reserved about serving alcoholic drinks at school parties, according to a report published on Thursday. The alcohol prevention society (STAP) surveyed 450 students across 50 secondary schools. It found three quarters of the schools served alcohol during school celebrations for students. Five years ago only half the schools allowed alcohol at such events.

RTL 4, RTL 5 websites are a big hit

The websites of RTL 4 en RTL 5 are ahead of the opposition when it comes to Dutch broadcasters' sites visited via a search engine, it was reported on Thursday. The website of celebs-and-sports broadcaster Talpa comes in third place, according to marketing bureau Traffic4u. It based its findings on searches via the MSN search engine during a one-month period. NOS and BNN are in fourth and fifth place.

Brussels wants halt to eel fishing

The European Commission wants to impose a temporary ban on fishing for paling (eel), which is considered a delicacy in the Netherlands. European Commissioner for fisheries Joe Borg hopes the measure with halt the dramatic drop in the number of eels. An almost 100 percent drop in the number of eels in the sea has been recorded in the last three years.

Telegraaf reaches 2.5 million readers 

'De Telegraaf' reaches 2.5 million readers on a daily basis, according to second quarter figures for 2005 published by the the biggest selling daily newspaper in the Netherlands on  Thursday. The company has included users of its website and mobile services in its figures. 'De Telegraaf' has become a multi-media platform and should be judged on that bases, the management said. The company plans to emphasise this when negotiating with advertisers.

Man sentenced for threatening MP

A court in Leeuwarden imposed a nine-month sentence on Gerard N., 49, for threatening Labour Party MP Jacques Tichelaar. The sentence equalled the amount of time the defendant has been in custody since his arrest in January. He was not released however as he is also serving an unrelated sentence. The man from Heerenveen wanted Tichelaar to highlight a perceived injustice caused by a judgement in the Supreme Court. To get the parliamentarian to champion his cause, the man threatened him by phone calls and voice mail messages.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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