Dutch news in brief, 19 May 2006

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Laetitia replaces Ayaan, Amsterdam Liberal (VVD) councillor Laetitia Griffith confirmed she is re-entering parliament to take the place of Liberal MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali who resigned on Tuesday. Griffith was an MP until last year when she left to become Alderman for Finance in the capital.

Laetitia replaces Ayaan

Amsterdam Liberal (VVD) councillor Laetitia Griffith confirmed she is re-entering parliament to take the place of Liberal MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali who resigned on Tuesday. Griffith was an MP until last year when she left to become Alderman for Finance in the capital.

Oldest Dutch person (111) dies

Alexandrine van Donkelaar-Vink, the oldest resident in the Netherlands, has died at the age of 111. She passed away in retirement home 'Bunninchem' in the town of Bunnik, her son said on Friday. She was born in Vlaardingen-Ambacht on 31 January 1895 and trained as dress maker. Alexandrine Vink married Koos van Donkelaar in 1917. He passed away in 1951, resulting in her being a widow longer than a married woman. Almost deaf and blind in recent years, she became the oldest Dutch person last August when Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper died at the age of 115.

Road name stays despite Nazi link

Rotterdam Municipality has decided not to change the street name 'Debijeweg', named for Dutch Nobel Prize winner Peter Debye. His reputation was called into question earlier this year when it was suggested he was a Nazi sympathiser. Debye was the director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin from 1938 to 1941.

Taida begins Dutch exams

At least 1,600 kilometres from her classmates in the Dutch town of Winterswijk, Taïda Pasic began her first written exam for the VWO secondary school diploma in the Dutch embassy in Sarajevo on Friday. The 18-year-old native of Kosovo was forced to leave the Netherlands in April. She unlawfully used a tourist visa to enter the Netherlands to complete her schooling, which was interrupted when her family were denied asylum in the Netherlands. Pasic can stay in contact via internet with friends and teachers in Winterswijk during the exam period..

Eleven million go on holiday

An estimated 11 million Dutch people are planning to go on holiday in the coming months, roughly the same number as last year. Motorising organisation ANWB said seven out of 10 will go abroad. France remains the most popular destination, with the ANWB estimating 1.5 million will go there. Another 850,000 will go to Spain, while Germany and Italy can each expect about 650,000 Dutch tourists.

Ten Cate named to Ajax job

Henk ten Cate (51) was officially named the new coach of Amsterdam Ajax on Friday. Ten Cate, assistant to Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard, has signed a two-year contract with Ajax. He replaces Danny Blind. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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