Dutch news in brief, 16 November 2005

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House prices falling, Houses prices fell by 1.6 percent in October compared with the month before, the land register Kadaster said on Wednesday. Compared with the same period last year, house prices are still rising, by about 5.2 percent. The prices for all types of homes, except apartments, fell. A average house now costs EUR 225,765. The average price for terraced houses fell the least and average prices for detached homes fell the most.

House prices falling

Houses prices fell by 1.6 percent in October compared with the month before, the land register Kadaster said on Wednesday. Compared with the same period last year, house prices are still rising, by about 5.2 percent. The prices for all types of homes, except apartments, fell. A average house now costs EUR 225,765. The average price for terraced houses fell the least and average prices for detached homes fell the most.

Man freed after PM's visit

Dubai freed a Dutchman from a 25-year sentence for a drugs offence on Tuesday. He was released a day after Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende asked the Crown Prince of Dubai to free him on medical grounds. The man was caught with a small amount of hard drugs in July 2004. He was deported immediately after his release.

New sex education website for schools

A new website is been launched on Friday to help primary and secondary schools teach sex education. The site www.seksuelevorming.nl was developed by the Rutgers Nisso group and education consultancy CPS after complaints from teachers about the difficulty of dealing with the topic of sex in the classroom.

Monument for police officers

A monument is being created for Dutch police officers killed in the line of duty. The names of the officers will be displayed in a new 'garden of reflection' being created at the police academy in Warnsveld next year. "The lives of our dead colleagues had meaning and we want to commemorate that," Commissioner Anita Hazenberg, director of the police academy (SPL) said on Wednesday.

Nothing found in Schiphol search

The Military Police (Marechaussee) and customs officers searched the baggage basement at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport but no illegal items were discovered. The search was a 'preventative action', the authorities said, to establish if guns or drugs were hidden in passengers' baggage.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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