Dutch news in brief, 14 September 2005

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Warning about Chinese SUV, Automobile association ANWB issued a warning on Wednesday about the safety of the Chinese sports utility vehicle on sale in the Netherlands. Tests have shown that the driver's compartment of the 'Jiangling Landwind' would crumple in a frontal collision at 64 kph. The driver would be killed or seriously injured. The ANWB said the vehicle's design mirrored the technical expertise achieved by western car makers 30 years ago.

Warning about Chinese SUV

Automobile association ANWB issued a warning on Wednesday about the safety of the Chinese sports utility vehicle on sale in the Netherlands. Tests have shown that the driver's compartment of the 'Jiangling Landwind' would crumple in a frontal collision at 64 kph. The driver would be killed or seriously injured. The ANWB said the vehicle's design mirrored the technical expertise achieved by western car makers 30 years ago.

Family missing for a month

A couple and their four young daughters have been missing from the family home in the Dutch town of Zeist for at least a month. The police have said that the father, who ran a driving school, has been accused of theft. "Perhaps he has gone on the run, but that is only speculation at this stage," a police spokesperson said.

Hotel prices drop

The average cost of a night in a hotel room in the Netherlands continues to decline. Last year the average price was EUR 98 compared with EUR 102 in 2003, according to a survey by Horwath Consulting. In 2002 the average price for a hotel room was EUR 114.

Expulsion of Iranian men postponed

Gay men from Iran who are refused asylum in the Netherlands have been granted a reprieve from deportation until at least February 2006, Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk told Parliament on Wednesday. A temporary suspension on expulsions was introduced in July after two gay men were executed in Iran. Verdonk is awaiting a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the position of gay people in Iran before deciding whether to resume deportations.

Baby falls out window

A girl, 1, was critically ill in hospital on Wednesday after falling out a window 10 metres off the ground. The child was playing in a room on the second floor of a buildiing on Alexander de Grotelaan in Utrecht. She managed to open the window and climb outside while her mother was in another room. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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