Dutch news in brief, 26 August 2004

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Doctors demand baby 'euthanasia' commission

Doctors demand baby 'euthanasia' commission

The Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) has written a pressing letter to Health State Secretary Clemence Ross urging for clear regulations to be set up governing the ending of life of newborn babies with severe disabilities. The lives of between 20 and a hundred such babies are ended each year and the practice has no external method of supervision. The KNMG is demanding the creation of a supervisory commission. Despite the fact that the life of a baby is ended on request dozens of times each year, the matter is scarcely reported and difficult to control. Ross has in the past promised to resolve the situation, but the KNMG is demanding immediate action. The Health Ministry will report to the Parliament over the matter in autumn.

Ahold profits flatten out

Dutch retailer Ahold recorded net profit of EUR 32 million in the second quarter of this year, lower than the EUR 45 million in the first three months of 2004. Disappointing results in the US hit the retailer's figures, but the supermarket price war subsidiary Albert Heijn has waged in the past 10 months boosted earnings in the Netherlands . The company's second-quarter result was still clearly higher than the EUR 3 million in net profit reported in the same period in 2003. Turnover was EUR 12.3 billion, 4.8 percent lower than 12 months ago due primarily to the weak US dollar and the sale of company divisions.

LPF abandons legal battle against newspaper

The populist LPF financer Ed Maas has abandoned court action against newspaper De Telegraaf demanding a correction over an incorrect report indicating that the tax office investigations service, FIOD-ECD, raided the party last weekend on suspicion of fraud. The LPF said it is now clear for a majority of the public that the party was not raided, news agency nu.nl reported. Both the LPF and real estate magnate Maas had demanded EUR 50,000 in damages and a correction and the court case in the Amsterdam Court had been planned for Friday.

Dutch journalist convicted for falsification
Dutch journalist Fons Schirris was sentenced in Alkmaar Court on Wednesday to a 60-hour community work order for falsification of bank cheques that are collected automatically. Schirris and various media tried to demonstrate how easy it is to falsify direct debits and will appeal against his conviction. The man's lawyer said it is unfair that his client was considered guilty, while media that were in on the "fraud" escaped punishment.

Olympic medalist returned lost medal

Dutch Olympic rower Diederik Simon is lucky to still be in possession of his silver medal won at the Athens Games. Simon accidentally left the medal behind in a taxi, but the driver returned it to the Olympic organising committee, which later delivered it back to its rightful owner. The rower won his medal in the men's eight competition, while the Olympic committee said the taxi driver deserved high praise for his honesty, Radio Netherlands reported.

What you can do, I can do colder!

Anyone who stops after a night out at the pub to urinate on the wall of Fanelli's restaurant in Tilburg in future will receive a cold shock. Restaurant owner W. van den Boogaard is fed up with nightly urinations on his business and has opted to install a shower head with a sensor on the building exterior. In future, anyone who stops to take a pee on the Italian restaurant will be doused in ice-cold water. The restaurant —on the Korte Heuvel  — is situated near a large number of pubs.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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