Dutch news in brief, 3 February 2005

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Dike collapse battle continues

Dike collapse battle continues

Residents of the central Dutch town of Wilnis have lodged legal action in a demand for compensation following a dike collapse in August 2003. The lawyer of 27 residents said his clients claim the local dike board AGV was aware that the dike was at risk of collapse. An investigative commission previously said the collapse of the peat-based dike was caused by extreme dry weather. But lawyer Pieter van Regteren said research by Delft Technical University indicated 10 years ago that peat dikes were at risk of collapse during dry weather and he asserted that AGV should compensate residents whose houses were flooded. AGV maintains it cannot be held accountable for the flooding. Residents have already received partial compensation from a special government disaster fund.

14th Dutch tsunami victim identified

The Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Wednesday that a 14th Dutch victim of the Indian Ocean tsunami has been identified. About 25 Dutch nationals are listed as missing and are presumed dead. The list of difficult-to-trace people — who might have been in the region hit by the 26 December tsunami — has fallen to five.

Trouw swaps to tabloid format

Dubbed by Editor-in-Chief Frits van Exter as "natural modernisation" and a "logical step", morning newspaper Trouw appeared for the first time in tabloid format on Wednesday. Van Exter said the newspaper will look better and be more readable and accessible. The board of publisher PCM Uitgevers — which owns Trouw — approved the revamp last November.

Fathers 'deserve' DNA certainty

A survey has found that 48 percent of Dutch people believe that a father has the right to certainty — without permission of the mother — whether he is the biological father of her child. Men and women aged 18 to 34 are, in particular, in favour of the idea, with 58 percent in approval. The research by TNO NIPO was conducted in connection with the release of the fatherhood test by German company humatrix. The biotechnology company says its DNA test is 99.9999 percent accurate.

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