Dutch news in brief, 8 August 2005
300 more deaths in heatwave , There were 2,800 deaths during the heatwave from 20 to 26 June, 300 more than the average week at the beginning of the summer, new figures from the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) revealed on Monday. The average temperature during the week was 27.6 degrees. The lower temperatures in the following weeks led to a drop in the number of deaths in which the weather was seen as a factor. Research has shown that a temperature of 16.5 degrees during the day results in the lowest n
300 more deaths in heatwave
There were 2,800 deaths during the heatwave from 20 to 26 June, 300 more than the average week at the beginning of the summer, new figures from the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) revealed on Monday. The average temperature during the week was 27.6 degrees. The lower temperatures in the following weeks led to a drop in the number of deaths in which the weather was seen as a factor. Research has shown that a temperature of 16.5 degrees during the day results in the lowest number of temperature-influenced deaths.
Youths jailed for gang rape
Two youths were received jail terms and community work orders for their roles in the group rape of a young girl in Rotterdam. A three boy was cleared of forcing sex on a 12-year-old girl but was convicted of sex abuse. The prosecution claimed the three were part of a group of Cape Verdean youths, aged 16 to 20, who called themselves the 'Cabo Pimp Unit' . The gang allegedly watched porn in a house and played Playstation games and encouraged girls, aged 12 to 15, to visit in order to molest them.
Fewer people donate blood
The number of blood donors in the Netherlands has dropped by 20 percent in five years to approximately 500,000. The drop in donors has not caused a problem. The Sanquin foundation said on Monday that hospitals have become more efficient in the way they use their supplies. Efforts to encourage more people to give blood have been scaled down because current number of donors is considered to be adequate.
Consumer debts continue to pile up
Dutch households as a whole were almost EUR 7 billion in the red on their current accounts at the end of June. That is about 12 percent more than the month earlier, the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) said. The number of Dutch people with a negative balance on their current account remains almost unchanged at 2.7 million. CBS economist Michiel Vergeer blamed the increase in the amount owed on bank accounts to a combination of declining purchasing power and more reckless behaviour by consumers.
Chinook helicopter begins record flight
A twin-engine Chinook helicopter has left the Dutch military base in Soesterberg to begin the 6,000 journey to Afghanistan. It will be used as a medical transport for Dutch marines working with the ISAF stability force in Afghanistan. Normally, heavy helicopters would be flown in on a military transport plane and but it was considered that the airport in Afghanistan was not suitable. This journey will be a record solo flight for a Dutch Chinook. It will take three and a half days with stops in the Ukraine, Russia and Turkmenistan.
Public warned about 'holiday win'
The police have warned of a telephone scam that has cost gullible members of the Dutch public EUR 800-a-piece over the weekend. People in Drenthe and Groningen received a call to say they had won a holiday in the sun. All the "lucky winners" had to do to claim the price was to supply the caller with their credit card number for "verification" purposes. At least one person had EUR 800 deducted for a credit card after supplying the information. The police have received dozens of calls from other people about the scam, which is believed to have been organised by an international gang.
Elephant born in Emmen
For the first time an elephant born at Emmen Zoo has had a a baby. Mother 'Mingalar Oo', born in 1992, gave birth to male 'Myo Set Kaung' on Sunday night in the zoo in the east of the country. There are now 15 elephants in Emmen, about equal to the size of an elephant herd in the wild. The new arrival will remain at the zoo for six years until he is ready to continue the breeding programme at another zoo. Earlier this month Artis Zoo in Amsterdam celebrated the birth of the first elephant there.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news