Dutch news in brief, 20 June 2006

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Suspended term for assisting suicide

Suspended term for assisting suicide

A court in Leeuwarden imposed a six-month suspended term on Victor van de V. (43) from Drachten on Tuesday for playing an active role in the suicide of Fatma Mohammad Kalam (20) last year. The prosecution had asked that he be ordered to complete community service as a punishment but the court ruled he had already suffered from the death of his girlfriend.

State may have to repay millions

The Netherlands may have to repay millions of euros in legal fees for resident permit applications, Professor Kees Groenendijk of Radboud University in Nijmegen has claimed. Groenendijk said Turkish people in particular have been charged too much that allowed under EU law. The European Commission launched legal action against the Netherlands in April.

Apple developed for allergy patients

Researchers at the University of Wageningen have developed an apple suitable for the estimated 2 percent of the population in Western Europe that is allergic to apples. The allergy is caused a certain protein in the normal apples. It can lead to irritation and swelling of the lips, tongue and throat. The new apple - dubbed Santana - looks like the popular Elstar variety and is already on sale in some organic food shops. The university is now working on allergy-free pear and peach varieties.

Student work is a serious undertaking

Students are shunning tiring cafe work and boring dish-washing jobs for part-time employment in the undertaking business. At least this is what undertakers Yarden says. More and more students are earning a little bit extra as chauffeurs of hearses or carrying coffins to their eternal resting place, a Yarden spokesperson said. Not all students are suited for the work though. "When someone acts the clown during the job interview it is clear he or she is not the right person for us. We are looking for students who look neat in a suit and have a serious manner."

Troops finally get post

Dutch soldiers serving in Afghanistan have finally received their mail after a delay of up to a month. The 240 post bags with letters and parcels have been held up at Kabul Airport by a problem with paperwork. Dutch Embassy officials managed to negotiate the release of the post. 

Dutch shop staff second in friendliness poll

Dutch shop staff have come second in a six-country survey of customer friendliness. The Germans came first and the French were at the bottom of the list, international bureau Grass Root said. It based its findings on visits by 3,500 of its clients to banks, car dealers, fast food restaurants and a range of other businesses.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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