Dutch news in brief, 21 April 2006

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Verdonk is a "walking disaster'

Verdonk is a "walking disaster'

Ed Nijpels, a former leader of the Liberals (VVD), expressed "major doubts" on Friday about the prospect of Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk leading the party into the next election. "I get the feeling that if she becomes the political leader (lijsttrekker), we will have taken on a walking disaster," Nijpels, the Queen's Commissioner in Friesland, told a radio programme. He said he was worried Verdonk would not be able to hold the party together or to present it in the best light. The party could become isolated under Verdonk, limiting the chance the VVD would get into the next coalition government, Nijpels said. Verdonk is running against Education Minister Mark Rutte and MP Jelleke Veenendaal for the position of lijsttrekker.

Dr Love falls out with the Christians

The relationship between Dr Johnny Love and the small Christian party ChristenUnie is over. Surinamese-born rapper and comedian Marcello Stewart, a.k.a. Dr Johnny Love, was elected in Schiedam in the municipal elections last month when he increased party’s vote from zero to 453. He felt his amazing performance earned him a place on ChristenUnie's list of candidates for the general election in 2007. The party's executive didn't agree. Stewart said he had got the impression from his contact with ChristenUnie members that they "didn't want this black man in the party".

Rotterdam in tribute to Allied saviours

Junior Defence minister Cees van der Knaap unveiled a statue in Rotterdam on Friday in tribute to Operation Manna, the Allied food-drop during the last days of the Second World War in the Netherlands in 1945. The steel monument was created by the artists' group 'Observatorium' and depicts a pile of food packages in the belly of a plane.

ANZAC Day in Amsterdam

Australian Business in Europe (ABIE) and the Kiwi Expat Association Netherlands are hosting a special event in Amsterdam on 25 April, to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who took part in the disastrous landing at Gallipoli on the Turkish Aegean coast in 1915 and other battles. "ANZAC Day is a public holiday in both countries and a time for family and friends to get together. We hope to do the same in Amsterdam," Vanessa Felton of ABIE said. The social evening takes place in Coco's Outback Bar & Restaurant, Thorbeckeplein 8-12 in Amsterdam from 6.30-9.30pm on Tuesday. Contact Tip Atkins Moore at ABIE members@abie.nl

Terry Fox Run in Groningen

The northern city of Groningen hosts a Terry Fox Run for the second time  on Saturday April 22. The Terry Fox Run is a popular family event which has been named after the young Canadian athlete who died from bone cancer at the age of 22. The run is held all over the world to support and collect funding for research into cancer in children. Groningen wants to strengthen its ties with Canada, mindful of the fact Canadian troops liberated the city from the Nazis on 16 April 1945. For more information, see www.terryfoxrungroningen.nl

St George at 'Tig Barra'
The British Society of Amsterdam is hosting a special party in Irish pub 'Tig Barra' in Amsterdam on 21 April to commemorate St George, the patron saint of England and notable dragon slayer. In the Middle Ages St George's Day was bigger than Christmas for the English, the society says. The bar is on Tig Barra”, Overtoom 31 in Amsterdam and the event starts at 9pm. For more, see http://www.britishsocietyofamsterdam.org/  

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