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De Telegraaf, Parking tarrifs 'extreme'

De Telegraaf

Parking tarrifs 'extreme'

More than half of car park garages in the Netherlands make motorists pay for two hours even if they only parked their car for an hour and one minute. Due to the fact that parking fees per hour are terrifyingly high, motorists pay four or five euros for such a short amount of time, the 2006 National Parking Test by the retail lobby group Platform Detailhandel indicated.

Tough punishments urged for honour killings

Honour killings take place in the Netherlands much more than previously thought. Hundreds of immigrant girls and women are murdered, raped or abused because they fall in love with a Dutch man or go against their own culture in some other way, it is claimed.

De Volkskrant

More possibilities for sports

Those who want to play sport should be able to avail of club facilities 24 hours per day. National sporting industry association NOC*NSF wants to follow the lead of fitness institutes and offer made-to-measure exercise activities for the public. Sporting associations will now experiment with flexible sporting activities and memberships and new forms of competition sport.

New philanthropist seeks spotlight

The co-founder of navigation firm TomTom, Pieter Geelen, 42, has donated EUR 100 million to the Turing Foundation. It is the first time in the Netherlands that someone has publicly donated so much money to a charity. The foundation works to help educate children, protect the environment, help the public enjoy art and combat leprosy.


Student teachers 'must specialise'

Students at PABO teacher colleges and other teacher training courses should choose during the course of their studies if they wish to teach young or older children or opt for VMBO vocational schools or HAVO and VWO professional education. The proposal is part of a new quality education plan that tertiary schools presented to Education Minister Maria van der Hoeven on Monday.


Compulsory breath tests for the navy

Navy personnel will be required in future to undergo breath testing on board their ships in a plan that Vice-Admiral Jan-Willem Kelder hopes will led to reduced alcohol consumption. Kelder believes military regulations need to be tightened.

Het Financieele Dagblad

Lobbying for women executives in vain

Ten years of efforts by the government and the business sector has scarcely led to more female executives. EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes is now pushing for a code of conduct for companies. The number of women appointed to the board of directors of companies listed on the Dutch AEX stock exchange has increased from just one to four in seven years, research has shown. Furthermore, the percentage of women has scarcely risen on supervisory boards.

Working week in childcare CAO extended

Childcare workers are being given a longer working week (on a voluntary basis) by a CAO collective labour agreement that increases the maximum working week from 36 to 28 hours. "It is not necessary according to our policy, but we want to ask our members what they think about it," a spokeswoman for the union Abvakabo FNV said.

Nederlands Dagblad

PvdA focusing on rural areas

The Labour PvdA has said economising in public transport where small towns and villages were especially affected must be reversed. In its 'livability' plan for rural areas to be presented by leader Wouter Bos on Tuesday, the PvdA said the elderly and disabled people must be allowed to travel for free on buses outside peak hours and bus routes that school students use should never be discontinued.


They were to storm the heavens

Research under young voters has revealed faith in the nation's politicians is at an absolute low. This is despite the fact that young politicians published a pamphlet three years ago promising that everything would be different. They failed.

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