Morning newspapers – 11 May 2007
de Volkskrant, Organ donation in crisis
Organ donation in crisis
Fewer Dutch are willing to donate an organ. The number of people who say they are unwilling has doubled, according to a study from the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL). The Kidney Foundation is calling on Public Health Minister Ab Klink to make haste on a plan to turn the tide.
Work is unsafe
Almost 2,000 people die each year as a result of working with dangerous substances. About 17,000 people become ill because of work. Carcinogenic fumes and damage to the respiratory system, skin and nervous system are the main culprits. They can also cause reproductive damage. Social Affairs Minister Piet Hein Donner set aside EUR 10 million on Thursday to stimulate employers and trade unions to take measures.
Starters can barely afford to buy homes in Randstad
Almost one in five first-time home buyers are refused a mortgage for a home in the Randstad, mainly because of the stricter Code of Conduct for Mortgage Financing which came into effect at the beginning of this year.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Splitting ABN Amro will take three years
Splitting up ABN Amro will take Fortis, Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander at least three years. The consortium said this in the proposals it presented to ABN Amro last weekend.
Three major risks now being tackled
Climate change, ethnic tensions and energy supply have now been designated as top priorities in a major action plan to guarantee the security of society. The plan also maps out other dangers. The government is joining forces with universities, research institutes and the business sector in tackling these areas.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news