Dutch news in brief, 1 September 2004

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Olympic medal winners honoured in The Hague

Olympic medal winners honoured in The Hague

All Dutch Olympic medal winners were honoured with a special welcome home ceremony by Queen Beatrix in The Hague on Wednesday. The Queen gave a short speech during and participated in a photo session with the medal winners at Paleis Noordeinde. Prior to that, some 200 Olympians had gathered for an informal meeting at which Health State Secretary Clemence Ross thanked them for their efforts during the recent Athens Games, where the Netherlands produced its second best Olympic effort ever. And after the athletes visited the Queen, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende addressed the athletes at the Ridderzaal. One of the highlights of the day was the presentation of a wooden rocking horse to gold medal rider and expecting mum Anky van Grunsven. The day was completed with a ticker tape parade through the streets of The Hague.

Dutch troops warned to stay inside Iraq base

A representative of radical Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has warned Dutch troops in Iraq that attacks against them will only end if they halt their efforts to arrest fighters of his Mahdi Army, Radio Netherlands has reported. It said Ghazi al-Zargani made his statement to Japanese news agency Kyodo, which also said that Dutch troops started negotiations on Monday in the Iraqi city As Samawah with local followers of al-Sadr. The Dutch Defence Ministry has denied the claims.

Paralysed man trapped four days in home

A 49-year-old Tilburg man was trapped for four days in his home after being paralysed. Police said the right side of the man's body became paralysed, preventing him from standing. The man's mother alerted police after failing to see her son for five days, RTL News reported. He was found inside his Tilburg home, but medical authority GGD has not yet discovered why he suffered from the paralysis.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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