Dutch news in brief, 19 May 2005

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Tax freedom day in June, The conservative Edmund Burke Society has nominated 14 June as the unofficial 'Day of Tax Freedom'. Society director Bert Jan Spruyt said on Thursday that until 14 June every year all tax payers are effectively working for the government. Employers only get to keep the money they earn after that day, which is very late compared to the other countries, he said. The Edmund Burke foundation wants the introduction of a flat tax, under which everyone would pay 18.8 percent of their ear

Tax freedom day in June

The conservative Edmund Burke Society has nominated 14 June as the unofficial 'Day of Tax Freedom'.  Society director Bert Jan Spruyt said on Thursday that until 14 June every year all tax payers are effectively working for the government. Employers only get to keep the money they earn after that day, which is very late compared to the other countries, he said. The Edmund Burke foundation wants the introduction of a flat tax, under which everyone would pay 18.8 percent of their earnings. Spruyt said moving to this lower rate would be good for the economy and for everyone's prosperity.

Antillean coalition can't resign

The coalition government in the Netherlands Antilleans is trying to resign but is being blocked, Prime Minister Etienne Ys has said. The plan to resign was announced on Wednesday night following controversial remarks Deputy Prime Minister Errol Cova made while on a visit to Venezuela recently. Cova said the Netherlands is a coloniser which left the residents of the Caribbean islands of the Antilles with an inferiority complex, but also a superiority complex in relation to its neighbouring countries in the Caribbean. Es said the remarks were unacceptable. but Cova has refused to step down as a minister, halting the resignation of the entire government.

Spectacles are best

A pair of spectacles afford the wearer better sight than contact lenses, implanted lenses or laser operations, according to research by an optician at the UMC hospital in Groningen. The new techniques, the expert claims, may give a clearer image, but can diminish the depth of field. This means that an object or view at one distance may be clear, but other distances may be hazy. The newer techniques herald a brighter future, he said, but the technologies still have a lot of room for improvement.

Eurovision signer on the mend

Dutch contestant Glennis Grace was reportedly feeling better ahead of the qualification round for the Eurovision song contest in Kiev, Ukraine, on Thursday night. A spokesperson for Dutch national broadcaster NOS said the Amsterdam singer had a fairly good night's sleep after complaining of physical problems stemming from an insect bite. The final of the 50th Eurovision song contest takes place on Saturday.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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