Dutch news in brief, 31 August 2004

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Public fears world hunger is here to stay

Public fears world hunger is here to stay

The Dutch public has little confidence in the notion that poverty in the world can be reduced in the short term. There is also a lot of pessimism about the spread of potentially deadly conditions such as Aids and malnutrition, according to new research by the National Committee for International Co-operation and Sustainable Development (NCDO). The survey involved asking 1,000 people about how they viewed the world in 2015. Some 75 percent were pessimistic that the number of people living under the poverty line would be halved by midway through the next decade. Only 5 percent said this aim could be achieved. Some 56 percent of those questioned also said they did not believe the number of starving people in the world could be halved by 2015, while 13 percent said they believed this could be achieved.

Dance teacher jailed for sex abuse

A dance teacher, 43, was sentenced to 12 months in jail by Alkmaar Court on Tuesday for sexually abusing two of his female pupils at a dance school from 2000 to 2003. The last three months of the jail term were suspended. The dance teacher was cleared of rape and abuse charges relating to a third girl. The Public Prosecutor (OM) had demanded he be jailed for four years. The sentencing judge said the defendant had abused the trust placed in him and took advantage of the fact the girls came from difficult family backgrounds. The sentence also took into account, the judge said, the great media interest in the case and the influence the case would have on the man's "career prospects".

Stars turn out for gangster biopic

The stars of the Dutch screen and stage turned out in force on Monday night for the premiere in the Amsterdam Tuschinski theatre of De Dominee, a movie about the life and death of Klaas Bruinsma. Bruinsma was the first godfather of the drugs trade in the Netherlands and his gang earned millions on a daily basis. At the end of the 1980s he was regarded as the biggest drug baron in Europe. His reign ended on 27 June 1991 when he was gunned down by ex-police officer Martin Hoogland outside the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam. Hoogland was himself shot and killed in March this year. Bruinsma's ghost returned to haunt officialdom in late 2003 when it emerged Mabel Wisse-Smit — then the fiancée of Prince Johan Friso — had not been open with the government about the extent of her previous relationship with Bruinsma. As a result, the government withdrew its consent for the royal marriage. The marriage went ahead and Prince Johan Friso has lost his rights to the throne.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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