Dutch news in brief, 3 June 2005

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Suicide consultant on trialThe Alkmaar public prosecutor will place on trial the 73-year-old suicide-consultant J. H. of Castricum. H. is the founder of The Horizon, a national foundation offering advice over suicide. H. helped a 27-year-old woman from Wervershoof kill herself with medicine at the end of 2003. H. was arrested in 2004 and inquiries have now been completed. The trial will start after the summer. H. faces a maximum three-year jail term.

Suicide consultant on trial

The Alkmaar public prosecutor will place on trial the 73-year-old suicide-consultant J. H. of Castricum. H. is the founder of The Horizon, a national foundation offering advice over suicide. H. helped a 27-year-old woman from Wervershoof kill herself with medicine at the end of 2003. H. was arrested in 2004 and inquiries have now been completed. The trial will start after the summer. H. faces a maximum three-year jail term.

SBS refuses to sell name 'Tien'

SBS Broadcasting no longer wants to sell the rights to the name 'Tien' to Talpa, the media company of Jon de Mol. A Talpa spokesman said on Thursday SBS wants to sell the name for EUR 5 million after it won a court battle over the rights to the name. An SBS spokesman refused to officially confirm the matter, but said Talpa went public with the offer while talks were still in progress. The SBS chief said even if Talpa offers EUR 10 million the name 'Tien' (Ten) is not for sale, stressing it was a question of principle.

Dutch spam on the decline

The amount of spam sent from the Netherlands has fallen significantly in the past year, telecoms supervisory authority Opta said. The Independent Post and Telecommunication Authority was instructed in May last year to take up the battle against Dutch-made spam. Some 7,114 complaints over spam were lodged with Opta's website spamklacht.nl, 5,996 of these were related to spam emails and 526 were about SMS spam. Four fines and 21 warnings were issued.

More Dutch BBQ owners

Half of the 7 million Dutch households have a BBQ, compared with 40 percent just three years ago, match and briquette producer Swedish Match said. Half of those who own a BBQ use it once a month in the summer, while 16 percent use it weekly. Emancipation has not yet extended to the BBQ: in 86 percent of cases, men light the BBQ up.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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