Dutch news in brief, 1 October 2004

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Dutch journalist Oltmans dies, aged 79

Dutch journalist Oltmans dies, aged 79

Dutch journalist Willem Oltmans died on Thursday night in his Amsterdam home. He was 79 and was suffering from cancer.  Oltmans received in 2000 damages amounting to NLG 8 million (EUR 3.64 million) from the Dutch State because the government had frustrated his work. The payout was the end of a 10-year legal battle. He had worked in Indonesia, South Africa, Suriname, the US and many more nations. Oltmans claimed the Dutch Foreign Affairs started working against him when he interview Indonesian President Sukarno in 1956. The interview was conducted soon after Indonesia gained independence from the Netherlands.

Dutch women absent from top 25 business leaders

Not one Dutch woman has been named in the top 25 of the most influential women in European business. The list, compiled by British newspaper The Financial Times, placed the 49-year-old Finn, Sari Baldauf, president of Nokia Networks, at the top of the rankings.  The list comprises of women who take direct responsibility for the operations of their company. Their position within the company and the size of the firm were taken into consideration. Concern has been expressed in the Netherlands about the lack of women in executive positions.

Hazes family thanks Dutch public

The family of deceased crooner Andre Hazes has thanked the Dutch public for their sympathies with a full-page advertisement in morning newspaper De Telegraaf. Hazes' wife Rachel and children Roxy and Dre Jnr also thanked all those in organising the farewell concert at the Amsterdam ArenA on Monday.  "The Netherlands was Hazesland for several days. You have given Andre the most dignified farewell ceremony that he ever could have dreamed of and have allowed all of his wishes to come true." Hazes died last week of heart attack at the age of 53.

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