Dutch news in brief, 13 April 2005

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Anti-Islamic violence declines

Anti-Islamic violence declines

The number of violent incidents against Islamic buildings and organisations has steadily declined since the high of 120 attacks reported in the month after Theo van Gogh was murdered last year. Some 44 incidents were still reported between 23 November last year and 13 March, 31 of which were directed at mosques and 13 at Islamic schools. In 33 incidents, prosecutable offences were committed, Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner and Interior Minister Johan Remkes told MPs on Wednesday. Since mid-March, violent incidents were also reported at an Islamic school in Uden and at a mosque in Venray.

 Organ donors wanted

Almost every Dutch household will receive a letter next month asking people to volunteer as a possible organ donor. Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst hopes the initiative will reduce the present donor organ shortage. Most Dutch people have not indicated whether they are prepared to donate their organs upon death and some 200 people die every year because of an insufficient number of organ donors. The letter will be sent to 6.5 million households next month.

Mother, two daughters missing

Police are searching for a 31-year-old woman and her two daughters who have been missing since Monday morning. Police have not ruled out foul play because the woman did not take any personal belongings with her. Claudia Harteveld-van Veen, her five-year-old daughter Marieke and her three-year-old daughter Charlotte have not been sighted since 7.30am on Monday. They were last seen in their Zoetermeer home. Police have received 24 tips in relation to their disappearance.

Heineken boss steps aside

Dutch brewer Heineken said on Tuesday that chief executive Anthony Ruys will vacate the position on 1 October as part of a management shake-up. He will be replaced by fellow board member Jean-Francois van Boxmeer. Ruys is said to be paying the price for the company's recent poor performance. Heineken said in February its annual profits fell by 33 percent last year and warned that its 2005 earnings might also suffer. The brewer also said on Tuesday that, to further streamline operations and finance, it is creating an executive board comprising three roles instead of the current five.

Dutch tsunami toll rises to 30

The Dutch death toll from the Indian Ocean tsunami last year rose to 30 on Wednesday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry revealed. About five people are listed as missing, presumed dead, and another five are feared to have been in the disaster zone when the tsunami hit.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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