Dutch news in brief, 17 January 2006

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Flu pandemic 'would kill 40,000'

Flu pandemic 'would kill 40,000'

Up to 40,000 people could die in the Netherlands in the event of a worldwide flu pandemic, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) said on Tuesday. RIVM expects estimate that four million people, a quarter of the population in the Netherlands, would become ill during a three-month pandemic. Statistics indicate one in every 100 would die. The government is working with international agencies to agree measures to combat an outbreak.

New director of Sotheby's

Mark Grol has been appointed managing director of Sotheby's Amsterdam. He replaces Patrick van Maris van Dijk, who is taking up a position at Sotheby's London. Grol studied art history at Groningen and joined Sotheby's in 1995.

Unemployment much higher among newcomers

People from immigrant backgrounds are twice to three times as likely to be unemployed as native Dutch people. But the number of allochtonen (non native Dutch residents) with a permanent job or with their own company has grown sharply in the last 10 years, according to two new reports by the Social and Cultural Plan Bureau (SCP). Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk said the figures were very troubling.

Man arrested for rape of girl

The rape of a girl, 13, in Oudwoude in Friesland Province has caused consternation in the region. She was attacked on Sunday within two kilometres of the place Marianne Vaatstra was raped and murdered almost seven years ago. The police have arrested a man, 25, from the Kollumerland district after receiving 40 tips from the public. The 13-year-old girl also gave a description of the man who attacked her. 

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