Dutch news in brief, 26 January 2006

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David Lynch speaks in Amsterdam

David Lynch speaks in Amsterdam

American film director David Lynch is to give a talk in Amsterdam's 'Vrije Universiteit' about consciousness, creativity and the brain, his spokesperson said on Thursday. Lynch's movies include Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive. He also founded the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness Based Education to help people combat stress by using transcendental meditation, as developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Verdonk gives out more humanitarian permits

Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk has to date given out more residence permits on humanitarian grounds than her predecessors. The minister has issued about 700 of these exceptional permits. "My predecessors only did this on a few dozen occasions," she said during a visit to the Council of Europe on Thursday. Verdonk explained most of the humanitarian permits were granted in old asylum cases. "I said at the time I would look into my heard," she said, "so I sit at home every night to study a pile of dossiers". The Council of Europe supports human rights and democracy.

Car used to recruit IT experts

The recruitment market for IT professionals appears to be hotting up and companies are pulling out the stops to attract new talent - as happened in 1997 and 1998. Calco Information Technology in Amersfoort even holds national recruiting days in car dealerships. New employees can drive away in a new car. "The market is being tighter and it is difficult to get the people," Calco's director said. "We've noticed that outsourcing work to cheaper countries such as India is not so popular any more. Several large companies are bringing the work back, creating more competition for IT professionals.

Bot: Hamas must renounce terror

The Hamas movement must renounce terrorism and its call for the destruction of Israel if it wants to deal with the international community, Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot said on Thursday. Hamas looks set to emerge as the winner of the Palestinian elections. The peaceful progress of the election and the strong support for Hamas could propel it into power in the Palestinian territories. It remained to be seen, Bot said, if Hamas was willing to change. Only if that happened would the Dutch government change its view of radical militant group.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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