14 November 2006 - morning
De Telegraaf , Pinching top military chief resigns
Pinching top military chief resigns
Commodore Frans van den Berg, 50, resigned on Monday from his post as the operations director with the Royal Navy amid a sexual harassment scandal. Van den Berg was on of the top staff officers of Vice Admiral J. W. Kelder.
SP closing in on PvdA
The Socialist SP is closing in on the Labour PvdA in pre-election opinion polls. In just over a week before next week's election, the SP is trailing the PvdA by only six or seven seats.
Pension overview via the computer
A new national bureau will give members of the public a current overview of their pension starting from next year. People will be able to see via their computer how much their pension is worth and what extra savings they need to make for retirement.
Bos pans Balkenende's social qualities
With an unprecedented hard attack against the social calibre of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, Labour PvdA leader Wouter Bos launched the final phase of the election campaign in Tilburg on Monday night. Bos warned voters who wish to put an end to the policies of the Christian Democrat CDA and Liberal VVD that change will only be achieved if the PvdA win the election by a large majority. "The public understands that and that's why we're going to win this election," he said.
Fire safety a matter for cafes, pubs
Owners of restaurants, cafés and pubs will no longer need to lodge an application for a fire safety permit with government authorities in future. Instead, fire safety will largely become the responsibility of café owners. The government wants to reduce problems caused by bureaucracy.
Horror at kidnapping
The gruesome kidnapping of the newly married couple Olga Houwers and Roger de Schrijver in New Zealand has shocked the city of Roermond.
Politics placing landscape at threat
The environment will increasingly be placed at threat in coming years because all of the nation's political parties have opted for economic growth in their election policies. Moreover, the CDA, PvdA and VVD want the government to impose more lenient restrictions on the way in which nature can be managed.
Exhibition of corpses draws ethical objections
An exhibition of human bodies in the Amsterdam Beurs van Berlage has encountered ethical objections. Philosopher Rob van Gerwen believes that the disrespectful exhibition of corpses leads to a decline in respect for the living.
Cardinal Simonis sends resignation letter
Cardinal Simonis has sent a letter of resignation to Pope Benedict XVI. The cardinal will reach the pension age for bishops (75) in two weeks time. But this does not mean that the Pontiff will accept his resignation. In fact, it is customary for the Vatican to ask bishops to continue working, even for a couple of years.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Shock for contract tendering in homecare
Trade union CNV Publieke Zaak has discovered a legal clause in the homecare industry which effectively guarantees workers a job. The discovery could lead to chaos in the coming contract tendering process in the industry.
Prosecution investigates bankruptcy of Van der Hoop
The public prosecution office has launched criminal inquiries into the bankruptcy of Van der Hoop Bankiers at the end of last year, a prosecution spokesman said.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news