Morning newspapers - 11 October 2007

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Morning newspapers - 11 October 2007

Morning newspapers - 11 October 2007

AD and Trouw state: “Mayor referendum Utrecht is a disaster”. City councillor for the PvdA Gilbert Isabella, the chairperson of the committee that selected the candidates, maintains that the choice of two candidates from the same party is not the reason for the low turnout for the referendum in Utrecht. “We selected two very suitable candidates. That was our remit and we did not fail in that respect,” he said in the Volkskrant.

Bram Zeegers’ Brazilian girlfriend, Shirley, is up until now the only suspect in the police investigation into Zeegers’ death, the Telegraaf reports. The public prosecution department is carefully reconstructing the night of his death. According to the AD, the police are investigating whether there is a link with Amsterdam drug criminals. The AD also writes that Zeegers had more than one enemy. The witness for the prosecution in the trial against Willem Holleeder reportedly also testified against other leading criminals during the past few years.

The conflict about the rights of TV broadcaster Het Gesprek (The Conversation) has completely escalated, the Telegraaf writes. Pieter Storms had a bailiff raid the home of Ruud Hendriks, one of the people who took the initiative for Het Gesprek, the paper writes. Storms has started a lawsuit against Hendriks and co-founders Frits Barends and Derk Sauer because he feels that the idea for the TV channel was his and that, later on, the three men sidelined him. Hendriks’ computer files and dossiers have been confiscated in the raid to prevent him from disposing of the evidence.

 “The atmosphere around Hirsi Ali has soured,” the Volkskrant writes, wondering why the public opinion of Ayaan Hirsi Ali has changed. In the Netherlands at any rate, she has lost friends among the intellectual elite. “In The Hague and Amsterdam many behave like abandoned lovers,” author Leon de Winter writes. “They see her, dressed beautifully, partying with the rich of the world. And then, when she suddenly appears again asking for a bag full of money, they feel wronged.”

The ChristenUnie has drawn up a code of conduct for local, provincial and national politicians, the Nederlands Dagblad writes. The party has been working on the plan for such an “ethical and financial code” since May 2004, when there were allegations that the party’s MEPs could not account for their expenses declarations. Party chairman Peter Blokhuis believes that the code of conduct will make the ChristenUnie a “ transparent party”.

Schools should set limits to the culture of sexualisation among their students, according to The Algemeen Pedagogisch Studiecentrum (General Pedagogical Study Centre) (APS), the Telegraaf reports. “Pupils are showing their breasts and buttocks quite brazenly,” said Anke Visser of the sexual intimidation project group. The APS would appreciate the introduction of a dress code for pupils, which would not only apply during school hours but also at school parties. The organisation also feels that “heavy petting” at school parties should be curbed.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news

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