Dutch news in brief, 13 July 2006
Arable farmers sweat over heat
Dutch arable farmers say the dry and hot weather is increasingly causing problems for them. Grain and potato harvests will be endangered if it doesn’t rain soon. Farmers association LTO Nederland expects a minimum of 15 percent of harvests will be lost without significant rain showers. Sprinkler systems are forbidden in some areas due to low ground water levels.
Rights bought for Natalee Holloway book
Dutch publisher Sijthoff has bought the exclusive rights for a book about the disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway on the autonomous Dutch island of Aruba last year. Journalist Zvezdana Vukojevic has based the book on statements made by the main suspect, Dutch teen Joran van der Sloot. It will be published in 2007.
Life sentence confirmed on ‘angel of death’
An appeal court in Amsterdam sentenced former nurse Lucia de Berk to life imprisonment for the murder of seven patients in her care and attempted murder of three more in hospitals from 1997 to 2001. The Dutch Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that the trial court’s sentence of life, followed by TBS rehabilitation in a secure centre was an impossible combination. De Berk has always denied the charges and her supporters see her conviction as a miscarriage of justice.
Dogs killed with rat poison
Three dogs were poisoned in the Veluwe region of the Netherlands with strychnine, a component of rat poison, police have confirmed. The dogs died in separate incidents in June near the tennis court in Hulshorst. The poison was concealed in portions of liver sausage, laboratory tests revealed. An investigation in the area did not turn up any clues. “We are taking the cases very seriously, particularly in light of the risk to children,” a police spokesperson said.
Body of diver recovered
The diver, 50, missing since Saturday, has been found dead on the coast at Goeree-Overflakkee, the Water Police said. The man’s body was brought to the surface by Navy divers. The victim had been investigating a ship wreck when he disappeared. The initial search failed to find any trace of him.
Poisonous snake posted from Hong Kong
Customs officials made an unusual find while scanning a package from Hong Kong. What was initially believed to be a cuddly toy turned out to be a very poisonous whitehead adder. The Animal Inspection Service (AID) said posting the snake was animal abuse. It was taken into care.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news