Morning newspapers – 10 April 2007
De Telegraaf, Starters in deep debt
Starters in deep debt
First-time homebuyers are mortgaged to the hilt. They will search from bank to bank looking for a lender that will give them a loan of up to six times their annual salary, according to a survey by the Homeowners' Association (VEH) of first-time homebuyers aged 20 to 29.
Animal rights activists target Euronext
It turns out that radical animal rights activists were behind attacks on homes of directors of stock market company Euronext in March. Intelligence services warn that radical groups are now targeting the Dutch financial world with intimidating actions. Stock market brokers Van der Moolen have already been targeted as well.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Brabant industry needs personnel
High-tech companies in the Eindhoven region are looking into possibilities to pass personnel on to each other to prevent having to dismiss difficult-to-find technical employees in slow economic times.
Private clinics for alcoholics on the rise
The possibilities to seek help quickly and discreetly for alcohol problems are increasing. In addition to foreign rehab clinics, public institutions are also eager to offer this care. A group of institutions in the southern part of the country plans to start a private clinic for alcohol addiction in January 2008.
PvdA demands action against top incomes
The Labour PvdA faction wants the government to take action against the increase in senior management salaries in the business sector. On Friday Finance Minister Wouter Bos told Parliament that he does not want to take any fiscal measures, but the PvdA is not satisfied with this.
Drug tourists hide heroin internally
Drug tourists that travel to the Netherlands by car from Belgium and France are hiding hard drugs internally more often in order to evade being caught smuggling by road checks.
Successful immigrants leave cities
Just like many native Dutch, ethnic minorities are also keen on newly built homes. Their departure from the cities puts the improvement of problem neighbourhoods in danger.
Private development aid often substandard
There has been an unprecedented increase in private initiatives for development aid. But less than half of the projects are deemed eligible for subsidies.
Digital internet radio popular
Websites that offer personalised internet radio are popular. Twenty million users are logging in to listen to stations determined by the songs they request.
Free to choose for euthanasia
The cabinet is calling for palliative medication for the chronically ill on their deathbed as an alternative for euthanasia. Peter Heinz has experience seeing this kind of care: "It sometimes takes days then before someone dies."
Brink "kidnapped" fortune teller
Astrologist Simon Suiker died of a heart attack last week leaving behind not only audio tapes but also his memoirs. His diary shows that business woman Nina Brink pressured him into making a false statement about one of her enemies.
PvdA considers tax for high incomes
The Labour PvdA faction in Parliament is not ruling out a tax hike for those with high incomes. "If better measures are not feasible, it will have to be looked into," says MP Paul Tang.
Teachers complain about too many hours
Teachers in secondary education complain they are being required to teach too many classroom hours. This is increasing the already heavy workload.
A "more beautiful Netherlands" even yields financial profit
A more beautiful Netherlands will benefit both the environment and the economy. This emerged from a study by the agriculture ministry, which has calculated the projected effects of the delta plan "the Netherlands beautiful again" proposed by the Association for the Dutch Cultural landscape.
DSM sponsors football academy
DSM is the main sponsor of the Limburg academy for top football talents. The plans for the new project will be presented next Monday. All Limburg's professional football organisations (Roda JC, VVV, Fortuna Sittard and MVV) are expected to participate.
Military honour for sergeant from Kerkrade
The cremation of soldier Robert Donkers (33), the Kerkrade native killed in an accident in Afghanistan last week, will be accompanied by a small military honour guard. A spokesperson for defence announced this on Monday evening.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news