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Five people have died and at least 13 are injured after a car plowed into a crowd in front of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands during celebrations of Queen’s Day. At around 11:50 local time a black Suzuki Swift went through barriers erected to separate the onlooking crowd from traffic, subsequently striking a monument. Members of the Dutch royal family watched the incident take place from the open-topped bus. The incident was witnessed by many onlookers and photographers as well by media covering the pageant.

“He came out of nowhere and dragged ten to fifteen people. There is blood everywhere and people being resuscitated,” a photographer following the parade for De Telegraaf said.

At around 12:00, all official activities in Apeldoorn were cancelled. Other Dutch cities have also cancelled or scaled back activities, such as the Radio 538 concert in Amsterdam and all celebrations in Rotterdam. The mayor of Apeldoorn stated that, “A good day has ended as a drama.” Offical Flags throughout the Netherlands have been placed at half-mast. The Queen responded in a video speech and expressed her sympathy for the victims.

During a press conference held at 15:45, police reported that the man, who was still conscious but heavily injured after the accident, had told police that it was a deliberate act. It was also reported that the 38-year-old, a Dutch national, had not been in contact with the police until earlier that day when he was stopped at one of the barriers. He has no prior history of psychological problems and there are no indications that any sort of terrorist group was involved.

The Queen’s Day celebrations, observing the birthday of the Dutch monarch, take place annually on April 30. Citizens of the country traditionally celebrate by holding late-night markets and decorating the streets of the Netherlands in orange bunting, honoring the House of Orange.



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Car plows into crowd during Dutch Queen’s Day celebrations

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

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Location of Netherlands

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Location of Apeldoorn in Gelderland

Layout of the incident. Red is the path of the car, orange the path of the coach carrying the royal family.

Four people have died and at least 13 are injured after a car plowed into a crowd in front of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands during celebrations of Queen’s Day. At around 11:50 local time a black Suzuki Swift went through barriers erected to separate the onlooking crowd from traffic and subsequently struck a monument. Members of the Dutch royal family watched the incident take place from the open-topped bus. The incident was witnessed by many onlookers and photographers as well by media covering the

pageant.

“He came out of nowhere and dragged ten to fifteen people. There is blood everywhere and people being resuscitated” a photographer following the parade for De Telegraaf said.

At around 12:00, all official activities in Apeldoorn were cancelled. Other Dutch cities have also cancelled or scaled back activities, such as the Radio 538 concert in Amsterdam and all celebrations in Rotterdam. The mayor of Apeldoorn stated: “A good day has ended as a drama.” Offical Flags throughout the Netherlands have been placed at half-mast. The Queen responded in a video speech and stated her sympathy with the victims.

During a press conference held at 15:45 in the afternoon, police reported the man, who was still conscious but heavily injured after the accident, had told police that it was a deliberate act. It was also reported that the 38 year old man, a Dutch national, had not been in contact with the police until earlier that day when he was stopped at one of the barriers. He had no history of psychological problems and there were no indications that any sort of terrorist group was involved.

The Queen’s Day celebrations, observing the birthday of the Dutch monarch, takes place annually on April 30. Citizens of the country traditionally celebrate by holding late-night markets and decorating the streets of the Netherlands in orange bunting, honoring the House of Orange.


Sources

  • “Car crash at Dutch Queen parade”. BBC News, April 30, 2009
  • “Car hits crowd near Dutch queen’s bus, 4 die”. CNN, April 30, 2009
  • RNW News “Queen’s Day celebrations in Apeldoorn cancelled after accident”. Radio Netherlands, April 30, 2009
  • “Drama tijdens optocht Beatrix”. De Volkskrant, April 30, 2009 ((Dutch))
  • “Injuries as car crashes close to royal bus”. DutchNews.nl, April 30, 2009
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Car plows into crowd during Dutch Queen’s Day celebrations

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Other stories from Netherlands
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Location of Netherlands

A map showing the location of Netherlands

To write, edit, start or view other articles on Netherlands, see the Netherlands Portal

Location of Apeldoorn in Gelderland

Layout of the incident. Red is the path of the car, orange the path of the coach carrying the royal family.

Four people have died and at least 13 are injured after a car plowed into a crowd in front of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands during celebrations of Queen’s Day. At around 11:50 local time a black Suzuki Swift went through barriers erected to separate the onlooking crowd from traffic and subsequently struck a monument. Members of the Dutch royal family watched the incident take place from the open-topped bus. The incident was witnessed by many onlookers and photographers as well by media covering the

pageant.

“He came out of nowhere and dragged ten to fifteen people. There is blood everywhere and people being resuscitated” a photographer following the parade for De Telegraaf said.

At around 12:00, all official activities in Apeldoorn were cancelled. Other Dutch cities have also cancelled or scaled back activities, such as the Radio 538 concert in Amsterdam and all celebrations in Rotterdam. The mayor of Apeldoorn stated: “A good day has ended as a drama.” Offical Flags throughout the Netherlands have been placed at half-mast. The Queen responded in a video speech and stated her sympathy with the victims.

During a press conference held at 15:45 in the afternoon, police reported the man, who was still conscious but heavily injured after the accident, had told police that it was a deliberate act. It was also reported that the 38 year old man, a Dutch national, had not been in contact with the police until earlier that day when he was stopped at one of the barriers. He had no history of psychological problems and there were no indications that any sort of terrorist group was involved.

The Queen’s Day celebrations, observing the birthday of the Dutch monarch, takes place annually on April 30. Citizens of the country traditionally celebrate by holding late-night markets and decorating the streets of the Netherlands in orange bunting, honoring the House of Orange.


Sources

  • “Car crash at Dutch Queen parade”. BBC News, April 30, 2009
  • “Car hits crowd near Dutch queen’s bus, 4 die”. CNN, April 30, 2009
  • RNW News “Queen’s Day celebrations in Apeldoorn cancelled after accident”. Radio Netherlands, April 30, 2009
  • “Drama tijdens optocht Beatrix”. De Volkskrant, April 30, 2009 ((Dutch))
  • “Injuries as car crashes close to royal bus”. DutchNews.nl, April 30, 2009
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Car plows into crowd during Dutch Queen’s Day celebrations

Filed under: Disasters and accidents,Europe,Netherlands — admin @ 5:00 am

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Other stories from Netherlands
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Location of Netherlands

A map showing the location of Netherlands

To write, edit, start or view other articles on Netherlands, see the Netherlands Portal

Location of Apeldoorn in Gelderland

Layout of the incident. Red is the path of the car, orange the path of the coach carrying the royal family.

Four people have died and at least 13 are injured after a car plowed into a crowd in front of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands during celebrations of Queen’s Day. At around 11:50 local time a black Suzuki Swift went through barriers erected to separate the onlooking crowd from traffic and subsequently struck a monument. Members of the Dutch royal family watched the incident take place from the open-topped bus. The incident was witnessed by many onlookers and photographers as well by media covering the

pageant.

“He came out of nowhere and dragged ten to fifteen people. There is blood everywhere and people being resuscitated” a photographer following the parade for De Telegraaf said.

At around 12:00, all official activities in Apeldoorn were cancelled. Other Dutch cities have also cancelled or scaled back activities, such as the Radio 538 concert in Amsterdam and all celebrations in Rotterdam. The mayor of Apeldoorn stated: “A good day has ended as a drama.” Offical Flags throughout the Netherlands have been placed at half-mast. The Queen responded in a video speech and stated her sympathy with the victims.

During a press conference held at 15:45 in the afternoon, police reported the man, who was still conscious but heavily injured after the accident, had told police that it was a deliberate act. It was also reported that the 38 year old man, a Dutch national, had not been in contact with the police until earlier that day when he was stopped at one of the barriers. He had no history of psychological problems and there were no indications that any sort of terrorist group was involved.

The Queen’s Day celebrations, observing the birthday of the Dutch monarch, takes place annually on April 30. Citizens of the country traditionally celebrate by holding late-night markets and decorating the streets of the Netherlands in orange bunting, honoring the House of Orange.


Sources

  • “Car crash at Dutch Queen parade”. BBC News, April 30, 2009
  • “Car hits crowd near Dutch queen’s bus, 4 die”. CNN, April 30, 2009
  • RNW News “Queen’s Day celebrations in Apeldoorn cancelled after accident”. Radio Netherlands, April 30, 2009
  • “Drama tijdens optocht Beatrix”. De Volkskrant, April 30, 2009 ((Dutch))
  • “Injuries as car crashes close to royal bus”. DutchNews.nl, April 30, 2009
This text comes from Wikinews. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. For a complete list of contributors for this article, visit the corresponding history entry on Wikinews.

Car plows into crowd during Dutch Queen’s Day celebrations

Filed under: Disasters and accidents,Europe,Netherlands — admin @ 5:00 am

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Other stories from Netherlands
…More articles here
Location of Netherlands

A map showing the location of Netherlands

To write, edit, start or view other articles on Netherlands, see the Netherlands Portal

Location of Apeldoorn in Gelderland

Layout of the incident. Red is the path of the car, orange the path of the coach carrying the royal family.

Four people have died and at least 13 are injured after a car plowed into a crowd in front of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands during celebrations of Queen’s Day. At around 11:50 local time a black Suzuki Swift went through barriers erected to separate the onlooking crowd from traffic and subsequently struck a monument. Members of the Dutch royal family watched the incident take place from the open-topped bus. The incident was witnessed by many onlookers and photographers as well by media covering the

pageant.

“He came out of nowhere and dragged ten to fifteen people. There is blood everywhere and people being resuscitated” a photographer following the parade for De Telegraaf said.

At around 12:00, all official activities in Apeldoorn were cancelled. Other Dutch cities have also cancelled or scaled back activities, such as the Radio 538 concert in Amsterdam and all celebrations in Rotterdam. The mayor of Apeldoorn stated: “A good day has ended as a drama.” Offical Flags throughout the Netherlands have been placed at half-mast. The Queen responded in a video speech and stated her sympathy with the victims.

During a press conference held at 15:45 in the afternoon, police reported the man, who was still conscious but heavily injured after the accident, had told police that it was a deliberate act. It was also reported that the 38 year old man, a Dutch national, had not been in contact with the police until earlier that day when he was stopped at one of the barriers. He had no history of psychological problems and there were no indications that any sort of terrorist group was involved.

The Queen’s Day celebrations, observing the birthday of the Dutch monarch, takes place annually on April 30. Citizens of the country traditionally celebrate by holding late-night markets and decorating the streets of the Netherlands in orange bunting, honoring the House of Orange.


Sources

  • “Car crash at Dutch Queen parade”. BBC News, April 30, 2009
  • “Car hits crowd near Dutch queen’s bus, 4 die”. CNN, April 30, 2009
  • RNW News “Queen’s Day celebrations in Apeldoorn cancelled after accident”. Radio Netherlands, April 30, 2009
  • “Drama tijdens optocht Beatrix”. De Volkskrant, April 30, 2009 ((Dutch))
  • “Injuries as car crashes close to royal bus”. DutchNews.nl, April 30, 2009
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Mexico on path to decriminalize personal possession of drugs

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

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On Thursday, April 28, the Senate of Mexico approved a bill that would decriminalize the possession of small quantities of psychoactive drugs for personal use, including marijuana and cocaine. The proposed law has the support of President Felipe Calderón. It awaits approval by the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Mexico’s legislature.

The bill, which passed with 87 votes and 10 abstentions, would make it legal to carry quantities up to 5 grams of marijuana, 500 milligrams of cocaine, 50 milligrams of heroin or 40 milligrams of methamphetamines for personal use. Those found with greater quantities or convicted of the intent to distribute or sell any quantity of the specified drugs face a sentence of 5-15 years of prison.

The Mexican Congress passed a similar bill in 2006, but it was vetoed by then president Vicente Fox under pressure from the administration of former United States president George W. Bush.

The 2009 bill would authorize local authorities to investigate drug trafficking. Previously, the classification of drug trafficking as a federal offense prevented local authorities from enforcing drug laws and made it difficult to convict drug dealers: Mexico’s federal courts are overwhelmed by bigger cases.

The bill would also offer voluntary treatment to drug addicts. Those detained three times for drug possession would be sent to a rehabilitation center for mandatory treatment.


Sources

  • José Contreras “Senado aprueba portar droga para autoconsumo”. La Crónica de Hoy, April 29, 2009 ((Spanish))
  • “México despenaliza la posesión de drogas para uso personal”. Tribuna Latina, April 29, 2009 ((Spanish))
  • Miguel Angel Gutierrez “Mexico Senate OKs bill to legalize drug possesion”. Reuters, April 28, 2009
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Mexico on path to decriminalize personal possession of drugs

Mexico on path to decriminalize personal possession of drugs

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

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On Tuesday, April 28, the Senate of Mexico approved a bill that would decriminalize the possession of small quantities of psychoactive drugs for personal use, including marijuana and cocaine. The proposed law has the support of President Felipe Calderón. It awaits approval by the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Mexico’s legislature.

The tribune of the Mexican Senate.
Image: Senado de la República (Mexican Senate).

The bill, which passed with 87 votes and 10 abstentions, would make it legal to carry quantities up to 5 grams of marijuana, 500 milligrams of cocaine, 50 milligrams of heroin, or 40 milligrams of methamphetamines for personal use. Those found with greater quantities or convicted of the intent to distribute or sell any quantity of the specified drugs face a sentence of 5–15 years of prison.

The Mexican Congress passed a similar bill in 2006, but it was vetoed by then-president Vicente Fox under pressure from the administration of former United States president George W. Bush.

The 2009 bill would authorize local authorities to investigate drug trafficking. Previously, the classification of drug trafficking as a federal offense prevented local authorities from enforcing drug laws and made it difficult to convict drug dealers: Mexico’s federal courts are overwhelmed by bigger cases.

The bill would also offer voluntary treatment to drug addicts. Those detained three times for drug possession would be sent to a rehabilitation center for mandatory treatment.



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Car plows into crowd during Dutch Queen’s Day celebrations

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Other stories from Netherlands
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Location of Netherlands

A map showing the location of Netherlands

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Location of Apeldoorn in Gelderland

Layout of the incident. Red is the path of the car, orange the path of the coach carrying the royal family.

Four people have died and at least 13 are injured after a car plowed into a crowd in front of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands during celebrations of Queen’s Day. At around 11:50 local time a black Suzuki Swift went through barriers erected to separate the onlooking crowd from traffic and subsequently struck a monument. Members of the Dutch royal family watched the incident take place from the open-topped bus. The incident was witnessed by many onlookers and photographers as well by media covering the

pageant.

“He came out of nowhere and dragged ten to fifteen people. There is blood everywhere and people being resuscitated” a photographer following the parade for De Telegraaf said.

At around 12:00, all official activities in Apeldoorn were cancelled. Other Dutch cities have also cancelled or scaled back activities, such as the Radio 538 concert in Amsterdam and all celebrations in Rotterdam. The mayor of Apeldoorn stated: “A good day has ended as a drama.” Offical Flags throughout the Netherlands have been placed at half-mast. The Queen responded in a video speech and stated her sympathy with the victims.

During a press conference held at 15:45 in the afternoon, police reported the man, who was still conscious but heavily injured after the accident, had told police that it was a deliberate act. It was also reported that the 38 year old man, a Dutch national, had not been in contact with the police until earlier that day when he was stopped at one of the barriers. He had no history of psychological problems and there were no indications that any sort of terrorist group was involved.

The Queen’s Day celebrations, observing the birthday of the Dutch monarch, takes place annually on April 30. Citizens of the country traditionally celebrate by holding late-night markets and decorating the streets of the Netherlands in orange bunting, honoring the House of Orange.


Sources

  • “Car crash at Dutch Queen parade”. BBC News, April 30, 2009
  • “Car hits crowd near Dutch queen’s bus, 4 die”. CNN, April 30, 2009
  • RNW News “Queen’s Day celebrations in Apeldoorn cancelled after accident”. Radio Netherlands, April 30, 2009
  • “Drama tijdens optocht Beatrix”. De Volkskrant, April 30, 2009 ((Dutch))
  • “Injuries as car crashes close to royal bus”. DutchNews.nl, April 30, 2009
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April 29, 2009

U.S. GDP sees worst drop in five decades

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U.S. GDP sees worst drop in five decades

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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The United States Gross Domestic Product (GDP) plunged at an annualised 6.1%, after shrinking by 6.3% in the last three months of last year, according to a report released by the US Commerce Department, making the ongoing recession the worst in at least fifty years.

The report was released just hours before Federal Reserve officials were scheduled to convene to decide how much money to insert into the economy.

The GDP has now fallen for three quarters in a row for the first time in almost forty years. The decline is worse than the average 4.7% drop forecast by economists.

“We are likely to emerge from this recession very slowly and the recovery will be very weak. The aggressive policy response we have gotten will take time to work, but it will counter the still-strong headwinds holding the economy back,” said the chief economist at Morgan Stanley in New York, Richard Berner.

Stock market shares went up on Wednesday, following an analyst’s report suggesting that non-performing assets will reach their height in 2009. As of noon, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index had gained 2.2%, reaching a level of 873,59 points.



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India buys 250,000 OLPC laptops

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Two Indian government organizations have placed orders for 250,000 X0-1 laptop computers. The laptops, designed by the One Laptop Per Child Association, will be distributed to students in nearly 1,500 schools.

The order stands in contrast to criticism the Indian government had previously voiced over the OLPC organization. The Indian government had even started its own $100 laptop program, although it was soon abandoned.

OLPC India CEO Satish Jha has repeatedly stated he would like to sell three million OLPC laptops to India this year.



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