Dutch news in brief, 15 August 2005

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Number of asylum applications rises

Number of asylum applications rises

The number of people applying for asylum in the Netherlands has risen slightly, according to figures released by the Central Bureau for Statistics on Monday. Some 5,290 applications have been filed in the last six months, 340 more than the same period last year when the number of requests rose for the first time in years.  The number of asylum applications dropped sharply  from 43, 570 a year to  9,780 in the period between 2000 and 2004.

Crane falls on school

A 30-ton construction crane fell against a primary school in the Dutch city of Gouda on Monday. Fortunately there were no children in the building as they are on holiday for another week. The man in charge of the crane was trapped and rescue workers were called in to free him. The damage to be school was being assessed on Monday afternoon.

Country's oldest man dies

The oldest man in the Netherlands has died. Jacobus (Co) de Lavoir, aged 107, from  Axel in Zeeland Province passed away on Monday, the director of the De Vurssche care centre confirmed. Co de Lavoir had lived at the centre for the last 15 years. He was born on 14 January 1898. It is not clear who currently holds the distinction of being the oldest man in the country. The oldest woman in the Netherlands is still 115-year-old Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper from Hoogeveen. She is also recognised as the oldest person in the world.

Dutch fire fighter killed in France

A 49-year-old Dutch man died when the fire-fighting plane he was piloting crashed crashed into the sea in the south of France on Sunday. He was helping battle a forest fire in the Serignan district. The life-guard service managed to bring the man to shore but he died a short time later. Investigators are trying to establish the cause of the crash.

5pc of politicians corrupt: survey

Top public service officials have estimated that 5 percent of Dutch politicians and 3 percent of civil servants are corrupt, according to research carried out on behalf of the Ministry for Justice. The survey was ordered in a bid to gauge the level of corruption in the aftermath of the enquiry into pricing-fixing by construction companies working on government contracts. Senior figures in national and provincial administrations  were questioned for the survey and the finding suggested that there is far more corruption than previously thought. Based on the research there could be as many as 775 corrupt politicians and 31,000 corrupt civil servants in the country. But on average only 130 internal investigations into suspected corruption take place every year, resulting in 50 being referred to police. This amounts to 0.8 corruption investigations for every 1,000 government employees.

Queen expresses condolences after Greek crash

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has contacted the Cypriot president Tassos Papadopoulos to express her condolences following the death of all 121 people aboard a Greek Cypriot airliner that smashed into a wooded hillside near Athens on Sunday.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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