Dutch news in brief, 14 November 2005

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Work pressure easing in the Netherlands

Work pressure easing in the Netherlands

Fewer Dutch employees are working under time pressure, according to a report published on Monday by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).  Some 27 percent of employees indicated they were constantly working against the clock in 2004. In the late 1990s, 33 percent of workers were reported to be experiencing the problen. About 40 percent of the peoiple convered by the CBS study said they regularly have to work at an increased tempo.

Man shot dead in red light zone

A man was shot dead on the Nieuwstad in Grongingen at about 10.45pm on Sunday. The street is frequented by prostitutes and their clients. The police launched an investigation but a spokesperson said it was too early to speculate about the possible motive for the killing. No arrests were made.

Abu Dhabi invests in Dutch carmaker

The Mubadala Development Company is taking a stake in Spker, the Dutch maker of luxury sports cars. The move was announced during a visit by Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende to the United Arab Emirates. Mubadala is an investment company wholly owned by the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in the UAE. Spyker's boss Victor Muller said the relatively modest investment would be used in the development of a new model. Balkenende also talked to Mubadala about cooperation on other big infrastructure projects. The company is invovled in several projects with Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell and has a stake in vehicle leasing and fleet management company Leaseplan.

Dutch adviser to UN  quits

Professor Cees J. Hamelink has announced he no longer wishes to be a personal adviser to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The communications professor and human rights activist does not agree with the UN's decision to hold its second World Summit on the Information Society in Tunisia. "Press freedom and the freedom of expression are essential for the exchange of information. You are not taking the theme seriously if you decide to hold the summit in a country that so flagrantly violates human rights," Hamelink told newspaper 'De Volkskrant'.

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