Dutch news in brief, 12 January 2005

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Queen to attend tsunami commemoration event

Queen to attend tsunami commemoration event

A national commemoration for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami will be held on 25 January with Queen Beatrix and Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende in attendance. Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima will also attend, the Government Information Service RVD said on Wednesday. The location of the ceremony has not been determined. Meanwhile, at a New Year's reception in Amsterdam, Beatrix called on people to remain committed to the tsunami victims. "Compared to their appalling tragedies, our problems seem nothing," she said. Luxembourg, the current holder of the EU presidency, has asked the Netherlands to co-ordinate Europe's aid effort and Queen Beatrix labelled the request an honour.

North Sea windmills win go-ahead

The Council of State rejected on Wednesday the last objections standing in the way of an experimental windmill park off the coast at Egmond aan Zee. The Egmond Bird Watch Foundation was the last environmentalist group protesting against the project, claiming the 36 windmills — to be located about 8km off the coast in the North Sea — would cost the lives of hundreds of migratory birds. But the council ruled that one of several methods of measurement currently under development would be used to determine how many birds are killed. The Dune Preservation Foundation dropped its objections some time ago after energy companies Nuon and Shell agreed to funding of EUR 500,000 to protect the coastal habitat.

Dutch 6th on OECD purchasing power list

The Netherlands shared equal 6th place with Denmark and Austria in terms of the public's purchasing power in 2002, a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) indicated on Wednesday. Luxembourg, Norway, the US, Ireland and Sweden topped the list.

Psych detention for priest's murder

The 22-year-old man who stabbed to death a priest from Berg en Dal in July 2004 was sentenced in Arnhem Court on Wednesday to TBS psychiatric detention. Psychiatric experts have testified that Y. H. was "under the influence of paranoid delusions" at the time of the killing. The man was given shelter in the priest's monastery and was reportedly confused for several days. He stabbed the priest dead during a conversation.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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