Dutch news in brief, 21 February 2005

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Greater equality than thought, Taxes, social security and government spending ensure that the difference in prosperity between social groups is limited. Averaged out over an entire lifetime, the income of people with a university education is 3.5 times that of people with only primary school education, the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) said. But taking taxes, social security and the benefits of government spending into account, the difference is a lot smaller. The wealth of high educated people is thus sli

Greater equality than thought

Taxes, social security and government spending ensure that the difference in prosperity between social groups is limited. Averaged out over an entire lifetime, the income of people with a university education is 3.5 times that of people with only primary school education, the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) said. But taking taxes, social security and the benefits of government spending into account, the difference is a lot smaller. The wealth of high educated people is thus slightly less than twice that of the lower educated group, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

Tsunami convoy arrives in India

Five weeks after leaving Steenwijk in the Netherlands, truck with loads of tsunami disaster-relief supplies have arrived at the southern Indian refugee camp, Chennai. The arrival of the convoy came after the Motherhood Foundation was held up for four days at the Pakistan-India border earlier this month awaiting permission to enter Indian territory, newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported. The convoy of 10 trucks was carrying supplies donated by Dutch schoolchildren.
  
Attempted arson at Islamic school

Unknown assailants tried to set fire to the Islamic school El Amal in Haarlem on Sunday night. Staff discovered on Monday morning that a fire had been started in the school building but had burnt itself out. A police spokesman said the damage was relatively minor because the fire had failed to take hold, news service nu.nl reported. An investigation into the incident has been launched. After the murder of Theo van Gogh last November by an alleged Islamic militant, 16 Islamic schools were targeted by arsonists or vandals.

Policeman shoots himself in the leg

A motorcycle police officer was taken to hospital in Maastricht after shooting himself in the leg on Monday. The man, from Valkenburg in Limburg, was injured in his right thighbone and calf. The officer has holstering his pistol in its holster while in the station's change rooms prior to starting his shift, but the weapon went off in his hands. An investigation has been launched.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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