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by Euro Reporter
2009-06-29 06:47:42
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Dead Queen's Day attacker gets tested

The government's psychological assessment clinic Pieter Baan Centrum has started a behavioural analysis of Karst Tates, the man who drove his car into the crowd watching the royal motorcade on Queen's Day, killing himself and seven others.

The aim of the research is to find out if Tates was responsible for this own actions. The inquiry will focus on his parents, friends, family members and work colleagues. In particular, the study will focus on how Tates reacted to major events in his life and on his employment history. The motive for Tate's attack on April 30th is still unclear. He told police officers minutes after driving his car through the crowd and into railings that it was a deliberate act.


Boosting economies

Aid minister Bert Koenders is to focus pending on stimulating the private sector in developing countries; traditionally aid money has been spent on education, health and infrastructure.

Developing countries need to bolster their own assets at times of crisis because they have been hard hit by protectionism, falling demand, falling raw material prices and banks which are reluctant to make loans, he told the paper in an interview. The Netherlands' spending on aid has fallen for the second successive year to some €4bn, because of the economic squeeze. This has led to painful choices, Koenders said. Koenders said that specific focus on local firms can also have a beneficial effect on Dutch companies.


Dementia just too much

Some 20% of people who look after family members with dementia find the job too tough both mentally and physically. The research is based on interviews with 1,500 people who act as unpaid nurses for loved ones at home.

The problems facing home carers are set to get worse as the number of people with dementia doubles from 230,000 now to over 500,000 by 2050. Some 70% of people with dementia are cared for at home.
Home carers are also more likely to be sick themselves. 'They don't live as long, they are exhausted, sleep badly and can suffer from depression,' Julie Meerveld of the Dutch Alzheimer's association said.

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