Dutch news in brief, 25 October 2004

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Rotterdam 'gives homes away' , Rotterdam Council is "giving away" houses in Spangen to counteract further dilapidation of the economically disadvantaged suburb. Potential residents will be given the houses on the condition that they renovate them. The renovations will cost between EUR 70,000 and EUR 210,000, depending on the size of the house, newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported. The council is hoping to attract homebuyers to the problem suburb because they generally become more involved in the neighbourho

Rotterdam 'gives homes away'

Rotterdam Council is "giving away" houses in Spangen to counteract further dilapidation of the economically disadvantaged suburb. Potential residents will be given the houses on the condition that they renovate them. The renovations will cost between EUR 70,000 and EUR 210,000, depending on the size of the house, newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported. The council is hoping to attract homebuyers to the problem suburb because they generally become more involved in the neighbourhood and help improve the district. Spangen is renowned for drug problems and problem house owners. The council has bought about 90 percent of the Wallis block, half of which is inhabited, and residents will be given the chance to participate in the scheme or will be given replacement accommodation. Some 50 people have already expressed interest in the scheme.

Royal family to cost EUR 95m in 2005

The Dutch royal family will cost taxpayers EUR 95 million next year, the government's budget has indicated. The cost is higher than normal because EUR 8.4 million has been allocated to celebrate the 25th year since Queen Beatrix ascended the throne, the Government Information Service RVD said. Amsterdam Council has allocated an extra EUR 1.2 to the festivities, which will be head on Dam Square on 29 April, newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported. Royal family members are paid in total EUR 6.2 million, but security at the palaces costs EUR 32 million. Personal security costs an extra EUR 6.8 million.

DSM prosecuted for fatal explosion

The public prosecutor has announced it will take chemical company DSM to court over an explosion that cost the lives of three employees in Geleen last year, Radio Netherlands reported. The blast occurred in April 2003 after a salt oven was reignited after a short pause. Following an internal investigation DSM blamed the accident on its staff. But the Labour Inspectorate later criticised DSM because there was not enough supervision of workers. The case will be heard in Maastricht Court.

Moon to become blood red in eclipse

A total eclipse of the moon will take place on the morning of Thursday 28 October. The moon will be blood red for about 90 minutes, the website www.kennislink.nl said on Monday. The eclipse will start at 3.14am when the moon moves into the shadow of the Earth, news agency nu.nl reported. Close to 4.30am the moon will be totally eclipsed and will remain so until 5.45am, reflecting an orange-red light back to the Earth. The moon will then start to leave the Earth's shadow and will be totally visible again at 6.54am. The eclipse is visible from both the Netherlands and Belgium and can be viewed with the naked eye.

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