Morning newspapers - 20 August 2007

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Incapacitated workers and unemployed people who hire an agency to help them find a job will be reimbursed the costs, even if they make use of aids like tarot cards, horoscopes and personal development courses, the Volkskrant reports. Eddy van Hijum of the Christian democrat CDA does not think the government should subsidise these alternative routes to finding employment. "These wishy-washy routes do not contribute to finding work."

Incapacitated workers and unemployed people who hire an agency to help them find a job will be reimbursed the costs, even if they make use of aids like tarot cards, horoscopes and personal development courses, the Volkskrant reports. Eddy van Hijum of the Christian democrat CDA does not think the government should subsidise these alternative routes to finding employment. "These wishy-washy routes do not contribute to finding work."

Students in senior general secondary (HAVO) and university prep (VWO) education are receiving less and less classroom instruction in the exact sciences. Some of the HAVO students do not receive any science instruction at all anymore, Trouw reports. HAVO students who choose the culture & society track are no longer required to follow math classes. One third to one half of the students do indeed drop the classes, according to a survey by email newsletter WiskundeE-brief. Even those who choose the math & science track are being required to take fewer courses in the exact sciences.

Hospitals are forced to turn more and more patients away because no beds are available. There is no room in nursing homes for rehabilitating patients so they stay in hospital longer. Sjoerd Beumer of the Association of Hospitals confirms the report in the Telegraaf. "Because nursing homes are filled beyond capacity, the patients have nowhere to go and therefore stay in hospital longer. As a result the hospitals are becoming overburdened as well."

The Institute for Security and Crisis Management COT has concluded in a study that crisis management in the Netherlands could be much more effective. This is reported in the Telegraaf. After a thorough analysis of the largest disasters of the past few years the COT has come to the conclusion that the sticking points are mainly to be found in the exchange of information. "It is often not clear how many victims there are," and "the information on the availability of beds is not always accurate either."

The AD reports that the annual health insurance premium will increase by at least EUR 50 a person next year. "Because of the competition, insurance companies have offered low prices over the past two years," says Krommendijk of industry organisation Zorgverzekeraars Nederland. "As a result they do not make any profit on the basic insurance package." The insurers still cannot say exactly how much premiums will rise. "But an increase of 5 percent seems a reasonable estimate," says a spokesperson for insurance company CZ.

Almost all the newspapers covered the start of the first division football season.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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