Dutch news in brief, 5 September 2005

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Gas leak in amusement park, Police cleared a portion of amusement park 'de Efteling' in Kaatsheuvel on Monday because of a gas leak. The leak was sealed by the afternoon, a spokesperson for the park said. The estimated 8,000 visitors in the park at the time scarcely noticed there was a problem.

Gas leak in amusement park

Police cleared a portion of amusement park 'de Efteling' in Kaatsheuvel on Monday because of a gas leak. The leak was sealed by the afternoon, a spokesperson for the park said. The estimated 8,000 visitors in the park at the time scarcely noticed there was a problem. 

Queen send best wishes to Chirac

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has sent French President Jacques Chirac a telegram to wish him a speedy recovery, the government information service RVD said on Monday. Chirac, 72, was admitted to a hospital in Paris on Friday after suffering a mild stroke. His condition was described as "very satisfactory" by his doctors on Saturday. Queen Beatrix also expressed her condolences to the relatives of the victims of the plane crash in Indonesia on Monday.

Dutch re-organise military high command

The highest military officer in the Netherlands will no longer be called the chief of the defence staff but commander of the armed forces, Defence Minister Henk Kamp announced on Monday as General Dick Berlijn was formally promoted to the new position. During a ceremony in The Hague, the commanders of the Army, Marine Corp and the Air Force relinquished their now redundant positions. The three were given the ceremonial titles of officers in the the Order of Oranje Nassau. In accordance with the recommendations of a review committee, General Berlijn is now the commander of all elements of the Dutch military.

Fire causes evacuation in Vlaardingen

The authorities evacuated 10 to 20 houses and a school in the vicinity of a burning building on the Binnensingel in Vlaardingen on Monday morning. The blaze broke out in an empty building but insulation matter in the walls caused a significant amount of smoke to spread across the area. The fire was extinguished by early afternoon.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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