Dutch news in brief, 21 November 2005

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New domino-toppling record, A new world record for domino toppling was set in the Netherlands on Friday. Broadcaster Endemol said on Monday that the record is now 4,002,146, slightly above the previous record of 3,992.397. During the live braodcast of 'Domino Day' on Friday a total of 4,155,476 dominoes fell. But a legal expert called in to examine the footage ruled that one of the people behind the record-breaking bid had "illegally" caused 153,340 of the bricks to fall over. This is far in excess of the

New domino-toppling record

A new world record for domino toppling was set in the Netherlands on Friday. Broadcaster Endemol said on Monday that the record is now 4,002,146, slightly above the previous record of 3,992.397. During the live braodcast of 'Domino Day' on Friday a total of 4,155,476 dominoes fell. But a legal expert called in to examine the footage ruled that one of the people behind the record-breaking bid had "illegally" caused 153,340 of the bricks to fall over. This is far in excess of the 23,000 kocked over by a sparrow last Monday. The bird was shot for its interference.

Pumping continues at BP terminal

It is unclear when the operation to pump out the fuel from a leaking tank at the BP terminal in Amsterdam will be completed. Initial estimates the work would be finished by Saturday or Sunday proved to be too optimistic. The problem with the tank, containing 35-million litres of petrol, was reported at 6pm on Thursday, and the fire department has been working since then to pump out the remaining fuel as a preventative measure.

Fire at Botlek

A fire broke out in a shed at the Botlek industrial complex in Rotterdam on Sunday. Officials were worried that the fire might release asbestos into the air. But measures by Rijnmond evironmental services failed to detect any contamination or risk to the surrounding area. 

Mayor fined for leaking information

Mayor Dick Schutte of Urk has been fined EUR 500 by a court in Zwolle for tipping off the management of the fish auction in Urk about a proposed raid on the premises. Shortly after the Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) informed the mayor that the fish auction was to be visited by officials, phone taps installed as part of the investigation recorded how Schutte rang the manager severak times to warn him.

Sperm donor shortage in fertility clinics

Belgium is facing a shortage of sperm donors for fertility treatments due to the increasing amount 'fertility tourism' from neighbouring countries. New legislation in the Netherlands is prompting more Dutch couples to visit Belgian fertility clinics. The new law means sperm donors can no longer remain anonymous. More Germans are crossing the border as well, while a higher number of lesbian couples are seeking donor sperm.

Naval vessels leave for task force

Dutch naval vessels, 'Hr.Ms. De Zeven Provinciën' and 'Hr. Ms. Amsterdam', left the port of Den Helder on Monday to join Task Force 150 in the Indian Ocean. The international task force is part of the US-led campaign 'Enduring Freedom' in Afghanistan and the surrouding areas. The Dutch submarine 'Bruinvis' sailed to join the fleet earlier.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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