10 November 2006 - morning
De Telegraaf, Treasury hauls bad debtors off the road
Treasury hauls bad debtors off the road
The treasury has launched an intensive hunt on the nation's roads for bad debtors. In imitation of the police, tax officers will be deployed nationwide to pullover motorists with tax debts. Those who cannot pay will forfeit their vehicle and be forced to walk home.
Grave opened: no knife
No knife or black case or other such suspicious object was found in the re-opened grave of widow Jacqueline Wittenberg, 60, of Deventer, on Thursday.
Hours searching and sifting, but no knife
Just a rusted piece of iron and cement were harvested in the search for a knife that was alleged to have been hidden under the grave of the Jacqueline Wittenberg, who was murdered in 1999.
The Hague district too aggressive for Sinterklaas
A Chinese lantern walk next week and the Sinterklaas celebration at the end of the month in the city district Transvaal in The Hague will not be staged as planned. The organisation is too frightened to hold the events because the safety of children and workers cannot be guaranteed. "The aggressiveness of parents and older children has increased enormously of late," organiser Joke van den Boomen, 61, said.
Public to help in disaster
The public will in future be called upon to help out in times of national disaster. They could start with clearing debris, offering first aid to the wounded and keeping the peace in anticipation of the arrival of emergency services. The Amsterdam City Council and fire brigade have opted for a new approach, supported by the national fire brigade association NVBR.
Test can detect Alzheimer's in early stages
Dutch doctors have designed a test that can detect the early stages of Alzheimers. The test involves examining three proteins in brain fluid that can indicate brain damage. If higher concentrations of at least two of the proteins are found, the patient will in most cases be suffering from Alzheimer's.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Interest rates pressuring banks
Banks are the first to be feeling the consequences of the current low interest rates. ING Groep reported on Thursday that 3rd quarter profits had declined because the difference between the short and long-term interest rates was getting smaller. On Thursday morning, there was even a situation in which there was a "reversed interest rate curve" in which the long-term interest rate fell below the short-term interest rate.
Top notary pays for fraudulent real estate deal
The Utrecht notary office Hermans en Schuttevaer will have to pay Belgian bank KBC more then EUR 1.6 million plus interest for its role in "misleading" the bank with "false transactions". The case revolves around the inflated price of an old office building in Rheden. Utrecht Court ruled at the end of July that real estate firms had swindled money from the bank via the inflated price.
Water crisis threatens millions
The eight richest countries must urgently start work on drawing up an action plan to tackle the world's water crisis, the Human Development Report 2006 states. The report is one of the world's most important reports in terms of social development.
Selling books is a profession
The AKO Literature Prize will be awarded tonight. The success of large chains such as AKO is forcing small bookshops to commercialise. Is placing pepermunt (ginger biscuits) in the stock the only solution?
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news