Dutch news in brief, 14 July 2005

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Signal failure hits Schiphol trains

Signal failure hits Schiphol trains

A major breakdown of the railway signalling system severely reduced the number of trains running to and from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport for more than an hour onThursday afternoon. The problem was fixed by 1.30pm, network manager ProRail reported.

Power cut in Rotterdam

A power failure in the Vondelingenweg industrial area in Rotterdam brought Akzo Nobel's chemical factory to a standstill on Thursday afternoon. It also caused problems at the local Shell installation. Thick plumbs of black smoke hung in the air over the industrial complex. Portions of the Hoogvliet, Poortugaal and Pernis areas were also without power for a time. Metro services were interrupted by the power cut.

The Good Book goes to jail

A special edition of the Bible was presented in the chapel of Bijlmer prison in Amsterdam on Thursday. The new Bajesbijbel, or prison Bible, is intended to feed the "hunger for the Word of God" behind the prison walls. Some 5,000 copies of the special Bible have been printed. It contains not only the Old and New Testaments and the Psalms in Dutch and English, but also drawings, poems and prayers created by prisoners. Inmates can receive the special Bible free of charge.

Court backs ABN in takeover battle

An Italian court has rejected an appeal by Banca Popolare Italiana (BPI) against the sacking of the board of another Italian bank, Antonveneta. The latter has been at the centre of a protracted and bitter takeover battle between BPI and Dutch banking group ABN Amro. Back in April BPI managed to have Antonveneta's board replaced because it seemed to favour ABN's takeover bid. The Dutch bank went to court and had the new board replaced by a third, that was again in favour of ABN Amro buying Antonveneta. This led BPI to mount an appeal of its own but the court ruled against it.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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