Dutch news in brief, 10 November 2005

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Small fire on prison boat, A small fire broke out in the recreation room on a detention boat for illegal immigrants in Merwehaven in Rotterdam during the early hours of Thursday. The fire was extinguished quickly but generated a lot of smoke, a police spokesperson said. No injuries were reported and the inmates did not have to be evacuated. Four detainees were arrested in connection to the fire.

Small fire on prison boat

A small fire broke out in the recreation room on a detention boat for illegal immigrants in Merwehaven in Rotterdam during the early hours of Thursday. The fire was extinguished quickly but generated a lot of smoke, a police spokesperson said. No injuries were reported and the inmates did not have to be evacuated. Four detainees were arrested in connection to the fire.

ING beats profit forecasts

Dutch financial services group ING posted a 21 percent increase in third-quarter net profit on Thursday. The forecast-beating result was fuelled by a strong performance by its US business. ING said said it was upbeat on the rest of 2005. The company's net profit in the quarter rose to EUR 1.878 billion euros, beating analyst expectations ranging from EUR 1.10 billion and EUR 1.51 billion, Reuters said.

Women 'face higher coronary risk'

Women admitted to hospital with a first heart attack have a higher chance of dying than men, according to research conducted at the Julius Centrum at the university medical hospital in Utrecht. The study focused on the life expectancy of people admitted to the hospital with a first coronary. It found a higher rate of death among women in both the short term (28 days) and the long term (5 years). The percentage chance of dying is 70 percent for women and 50 percent for men. The average age for women admitted with a first heart attack was 72, compared with 64 for men.

Record payment for Capina workers

A group of employees of dairy company Campina have been awarded a total of EUR 5 million compensation, a court in Arnhem ruled. The case was taken by the FNV trade union in 2001 when Capina stopped special payments for shift working.  The 104 workers that are represented by the FNV refused the company's offer of a one-off payment to agree to the change. The court sided with the FNV and awarded each of the 104 staff members EUR 48,000 each.

Dutchman killed by gas

A Dutch truck driver, 55, died after being overcome by poisonous gas in  recycling facility in Germany. Three other people also died, the German police said. The four victims died as a result of damage caused to their airways by hydrogen sulfide. The gas was released by decaying animal matter the truck had brought to the plant.

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