Dutch news in brief, 15 August 2006

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Memento for Nijmegen walkers, Over 45,000 people who took part in the first day of the Four Day Marches in Nijmegen in July are to receive a memento in the form of a frame, event chairman Wim Jansen said in a letter on Tuesday. The annual event was abandoned after two participants died in the sweltering heatwave. The rest of the walkers are also guaranteed a place in the 2007 event.

Memento for Nijmegen walkers

Over 45,000 people who took part in the first day of the Four Day Marches in Nijmegen in July are to receive a memento in the form of a frame, event chairman Wim Jansen said in a letter on Tuesday. The annual event was abandoned after two participants died in the sweltering heatwave. The rest of the walkers are also guaranteed a place in the 2007 event.

Weisglas leaves politics 

Parliamentary chairman Frans Weisglas has announced "with pain in his heart" that he is leaving politics. He will not be a candidate for the Liberal Party VVD at the general election in November. Weisglas has been a Member of Parliament (MP) for 24 years, and chairman of the parliament for the last few years.

More job vacancies in Q2

There were 189,000 open vacancies in the second quarter of the year. That is 17,000 more than in each of the three previous quarters, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said on Tuesday. The increase in job vacancies is no surprise, the CBS said, as it reported earlier that unemployment in the first six months of the year fell by 60,000.

House sales higher in July

Real estate agents sold 18,819 homes in July, 1.8 percent more than the month before, according to figures published by Kadaster (land registry). The figures show that the average prize for a home was EUR 240,270. This is 1.1 percent more than in June and 6.5 percent up on the year before.

Schiphol runway closed again

Schiphol Airport's Polder runway was closed for several hours on Tuesday after a Boeing 747-200 burst several tyres during an aborted takeoff. The incident occurred at 9.15am and officials estimated it would take several hours to clear the runway. It was not immediately known why the Kalitta Air flight to New York broke off its takeoff. It braked so hard that the heat generated caused several tyres to burst. Another Kalitta Air plane was involved in an identical incident on the runway last year.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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