Dutch news in brief, 9 November 2005

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Self-mutilation in all schools

Self-mutilation in all schools

Almost every school has pupils who deliberately wound themselves. The methods the pupils use include slapping, scrapping, self-mutilation and burning, according to teacher-training centre Ortho Consult. The organisation has organised a symposium in Vught next week to discuss the problem. Pupils who injure themselves usually do not intend to kill themselves. In fact, self-mutilation is often intended to prevent suicide or to make life more bearable by inflicting pain to drive away memories of bad experiences, the organisation says.

10pc of workers get gratuity

One in 10 people in the Netherlands receive a gratuity from their employers every year. Employers' group AWVN surveyed 153 of its members and found the average value of the emolument is EUR 1,300. Most companies present the gratuity in the form of cash. The AWVN stressed the gratuity was not the same thing as the 13th month payment, a bonus paid out by some companies as a matter of course. A gratuity is usually presented in addition to agreed bonuses to reward an extra effort made on behalf of the company.

Man (73) found dead in house

The body of a man, 73, was found in a house in the eastern Dutch town of Vriezenveen on Tuesday night. The discovery was made after a report of an incident in the property. The police have not ruled out the possibility of foul play. No information has been released about how the man died. Separately, police in Amsterdam are investigating the death of a 25-year-old Brazilian woman. Her body was found in her apartment on the Torensteeg in the centre of the city at about 9am on Tuesday morning. She died as a result of a crime, police say.

Europe goes to Venus

The European space probe Venus Express blasted off successfully on a Russian rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday. It is the first mission by the European Space Agency (ESA) to Venus, Earth's "twin" and nearest planetary neighbour. ESA hopes the study of Venus's atmosphere and its greenhouse effect may reveal insights into the warming process taking place on Earth. Venus Express will take five months to reach its target.

Rotterdam's 'cruise logbook'

A new book highlights the growing importance of Rotterdam as a port for passenger ships. Rotterdam's Mayor Ivo Opstelten presided at the launch of the book 'Rotterdam en de zee' (Rotterdam and the sea) on Wednesday. The 160-page book covers four centuries of passenger services to and from Rotterdam. It was written by retired shipping journalist Bram Oosterwijk and features photographs by Eppo W. Notenboom. The book has Dutch text on the left-hand pages and an English translation by freelance journalist Lesley Thomas on the right.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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