Dutch news in brief, Wednesday 12 August 2009
Read the roundup of today's Dutch press from Radio Netherlands.Mixed news on the economic front
The economy is back in the headlines but according to De Telegraaf, it's good news: "economic crisis: end in sight!" Expectations aren't quite so high over at de Volkskrant; its front-page headline reads "Economic Analysis Institute a tiny bit more optimistic".
De Telegraaf, citing confidential information obtained from the Netherlands Institute for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), writes that the economic forecast is "far sunnier than previously predicted".
According to the paper, neither unemployment nor the budget deficit will rise as far or as fast as had been earlier predicted and the economy will not shrink in 2010 although growth will fall to zero percent.
The populist paper concludes, even though the CPB is predicting that the economy will shrink by 4.8 percent in 2009, "the economic outlook in 2010 is rosy".
De Volkskrant, citing the same confidential documents, reads the situation very differently. "Economic outlook slightly less bleak," writes the paper. The paper uses very different words: gloomy; grim; sombre; fearful and pessimistic crop up at least once in the article.
Lottery losers furious only 5.5 million prize money given away
A record jackpot of 27.5 million euros was up for grabs in August but as the winner bought a fifth of a ticket, only 5.5 million in prize money was given away.
Those who did not win the lottery are furious and have lodged complaints with the Dutch lottery losers organisation (DuLLO).
"I've never seen people this angry," DuLLO director Ferdy Roet told AD.
The organisation who has received a record number of complains has taken the state lottery to court because the winning number picked by the computer turned out to belong to an unsold lottery ticket that was used numerous times in recent years.
Roet fumed: "People were led to believe that the 27.5 million jackpot would be paid out. It's not clear that every lottery ticket is linked to a unique number".
A spokesperson for the state lottery said: "We are deeply sorry that people are unhappy but we operate well within the law", adding: "We will check to make sure that our communications have been absolutely clear."
Forgotten police videotape sold at auction
De Telegraaf's reports the Dutch Criminal Investigation Service (CIE) has been seriously embarrassed by "an act of enormous stupidity by the police academy".
A videotape containing extremely sensitive CIE information was delivered to the newspapers’ offices by a concerned citizen Tuesday.
It appears that police officers "stupidly" left the tape in a video recorder that was later sold at public auction. The buyer found the tape when he got his purchase home.
"I was deeply shocked," said the buyer.
It appears the item in question was a training video for use at the police academy. The outdated equipment was recently sold but the police failed to make sure the video players were empty.
A police academy spokesperson admitted: "This is very embarrassing".
International Feminist Institute and Archive re-launched under new name
De Volkskrant reports the International Feminist Institute and Archive (IIAV) has changed its name to Aletta - in honour of Aletta Jacobs, the first woman in the Netherlands to complete a university degree and the country's first woman doctor.
To celebrate the change, the organisation presented Emancipation Minister Ronald Plasterk with a list of regulations to help smash the glass ceiling that keeps women out of top jobs.
Aletta called for all women appointed to a professorship to be given a EUR 500,000 grant by a research institute in order to induce more universities to appoint women, more women in senior positions and a ban on the use of the words 'daddy day'.
The last demand was proposed by the chairwoman of the largest union in the Netherlands as a way to reinforce the demand for affordable childcare. Agnes Jongerius said ‘daddy day’ is an example of this skewed view of women's work and the way society de-values it
While men are being rewarded for looking after their children one day a week, no one is acknowledging the fact that women are being forced to give up work because they cannot afford child care, said the chairwoman.
Radio Netherlands / Jacqueline Carver / Expatica