Dutch News in brief, 10 February 2005

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Angry man with a van, A man, 38, crashed his delivery van into the office of the benefits agency UWV in Enschede on Thursday morning. The police say no one was injured but a lot of damage was caused to the building. The man rammed his van through the building's revolving door shortly after 9am, allegedly because he had been unhappy about the outcome of a meeting about his benefit payments the previous day. After the meeting, he had apparently threatened to return and drive his van into the office.

Angry man with a van

A man, 38, crashed his delivery van into the office of the benefits agency UWV in Enschede on Thursday morning. The police say no one was injured but a lot of damage was caused to the building. The man rammed his van through the building's revolving door shortly after 9am, allegedly because he had been unhappy about the outcome of a meeting about his benefit payments the previous day. After the meeting, he had apparently threatened to return and drive his van into the office.

Verdonk doesn't see anti-Muslim bias

Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk has said the government has not received any reports of anti-Muslim bias in the workplace. She was responding to a question during a debate in Parliament about new anti-terrorism legislation. The Labour Party (PvdA) asked what she was doing to combat the "us-and-them" attitude in the Netherlands. One example of this, given by the anti-racism agency LBR, was of bias against Muslims in the workplace. Verdonk said on Wednesday that such claims are often made, but no evidence is ever produced to substantiate the allegations, Novum Nieuws reported.

Families tighten the purse strings

The majority of Dutch families with one income, equal or twice the average pay, are having to prune their spending to make ends meet, according to research by the regional press association GDP. Research organisation Motivaction questioned 1,000 parents of family that have a monthly income of EUR 1,500 to EUR 3,100.

Dutch tsunami toll up to 17

The number of Dutch people confirmed to have died in the Indian Ocean tsunami has risen to 17, the Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday. The victim's body was identified by the Dutch disaster identification team (RIT) in Thailand.

Accused faces 18 years for double murder

The public prosecutor's office (OM) has asked Amsterdam Court to impose an 18-year sentence on a man, identified as Croatian D. A., 27, for the murder of two men in a hotel in the city in 2002. The prosecutor has dismissed A.'s claim that he was only involved in robbery of the two. He said he had nothing to do with the murder, which he claims was committed by two men from the former Yugoslavia.

Albert Heijn loses gingerbread war

Gingerbread producer Peijnenburg has won the backing of a court for its refusal to allow retailer Albert Heijn to sell its product below cost price. Albert Heijn is involved in an ongoing price war with its competitors and has been selling many products at a loss to entice more customers into its stores. Peijnenburg objected to the supermarket selling its 600g ontbijtkoek, or gingerbread, for 90 cents. The dispute went to court and the judge sided with Peijnenburg. The court said it was legitimate for Albert Heijn to cut the price of products sold in its stores as long as the reductions were reasonable and did not put the future of the producer in jeopardy, news agency ANP reported.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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