Dutch news in brief, 27 October 2004

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Council 'should have known' about port scandal

Council 'should have known' about port scandal

The Rotterdam auditor has claimed the city's council was in a position to know about the recent financial scandal at the Port of Rotterdam. An earlier report concluded that Port of Rotterdam director Willem Scholten acted alone and that the council was unaware that he gave illegal bank guarantees for more than EUR 180 million to Rotterdam shipbuilding companies, Radio Netherlands reported. But the auditors claim the council should have been aware of irregularities at the port.

Beater shot in rabbit hunt

A man was briefly arrested after shooting and seriously wounded a 67-year-old beater during a rabbit hunt at Neunen in Brabant on Tuesday. The victim was one of four beaters involved in the hunt. He was trying to drive the rabbits towards the shooters when he strayed into the line of fire and was shot in the stomach, police said. The man, from Noordeloos in South Holland, was taken to the hospital in Geldrop for treatment. He is in a stable condition. Police arrested the 58-year-old shooter, also of Noordeloos, for questioning, but released him a short time later.

Dutch teens face unwanted sexual advances 

About half of 15 and 16-year-olds in the Netherlands are perpetrators or victims of unwanted sexual behaviour, research indicated Wednesday. The results of the research conducted by students at Utrecht University were based on a survey of 1,700 youths from 14 secondary schools, newspaper De Telegraaf reported. The study found 58 percent encountered undesired sexual behaviour, most commonly verbal. Some 46 percent of respondents admitted they were at times guilty of unreciprocatad sexual advances. The researchers said young people often call each other a slut or whore because youth culture is extremely sexual.

Burglar leaves finger tip behind

Police in the Limburg town of Nuth are searching for a burglar who lost part of a finger during a recent break in, news agency Novum reported. The burglar broke into a pharmacy, but sliced off the top of his of her finger in the attempt, police said Tuesday. The burglary occurred on Sunday morning.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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