Dutch news in brief, 20 April 2006

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Unemployment continues to fall

Unemployment continues to fall

Some 438,000 people were unemployed in the Netherlands in the first quarter of this year, 13,000 fewer than in the period December 2005 to February 2006, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said on Thursday. The latest figures amount to a 6.2 percent jobless rate, down from 7 percent a year earlier.

Fault hits T-Mobile network

A fault in the network operated by T-Mobile meant that between 200,000 to 500,000 subscribers were not able to use their mobile phones on Thursday morning. T-Mobile said it hoped to fix the problem at its exchange before midday. A problem at the same exchange effected 1000,000 clients for two hours on Tuesday.

Two killed in canal collision

Two German nationals were killed when their pleasure yacht collided with an canal barge on the  Maas-Waal Canal between Weurt and Heumen on Wednesday evening. The police called off a search of the water after it was established there were no others on board the yacht at the time. The skipper of the barge was questioned in a bid to establish how the accident occurred.

Expert alarmed by ape poaching

African and European conservationists, meeting in the town of Ugchelen in Gelderland Province, warned wild gorillas and Bonobo apes will become extinct in Africa within 10 years unless firm action is taken immediately to halt poaching. "From estimates and counting of skeletons found in markets it appears that 5 billion kilos of animal meat every year is poached. This includes many apes. Six years ago it was about 1 billion kilos," the Apenheul foundation said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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