Morning newspapers – 12 April 2007
Trouw, Kandahar wants Taliban back
Kandahar wants Taliban back
Violence colours the news from southern Afghanistan. Correspondent Minka Nijhuis walks through Kandahar "behind the lines." The city yearns for the relative safety it once enjoyed under the Taliban.
There's no getting used to noise while sleeping
A study from TNO presented on Wednesday indicates that people do not get used to the noise from cars or trains while sleeping no matter how long they've lived near busy traffic areas. People who live near these areas sleep less soundly, wake up more frequently and feel that their quality of sleep has deteriorated.
Minister hopes CAO offer will convince civil servants
Home Affairs Minister Guusje Ter Horst wants to offer civil servants at the national government a 10.5-percent wage increase over the coming three years. The minister hopes the offer will persuade the unions to continue negotiations on the collective labour agreement, which had reached deadlock.
Ranks to be thinned at public works department
Hundreds of jobs are in danger at the Department of Public Works. The Child Protection Council and defence department are also due to be hit hard. This can be gathered from confidential documents from the cabinet regarding significant cuts to the civil service. A total of 15,000 civil service jobs are set to be scrapped in the coming years. The operation is aimed at saving EUR 750 million, as agreed in the coalition agreement.
Het Financieele Dagblad
ISS rejects motions from hedge funds
Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), an international advisor to investors, is advising its clients to support ABN Amro against hedge fund TCI at the moment.
Forcing the bank to split or sell is unwise, says ISS. The positive voting advice from ISS is a bit of good luck for ABN Amro in the run-up to the shareholders' meeting on 26 April when the future of the bank will be voted on.
Supervision on TNT Post is failing
The current legislation does not allow Opta, the market regulator for the telecommunication and postal sectors, to exercise effective supervision on the legal tasks that TNT Post must carry out as a concession holder. Not only are there shortcomings in the supervision on TNT's monopoly tasks, Opta does not have adequate opportunities to ascertain whether TNT's financial reporting for 2004 is correct.
Better CAO for civil servants
After three months of demonstrations, there has been a breakthrough in the disagreement on the collective labour agreement for civil servants. Informal talks between the unions and the ministry of home affairs have led to a proposal which will give the civil servants a 10.5-percent pay rise over the coming three years.
Criticism for Bos
Wouter Bos is being criticised for a turnaround in the Labour party PvdA's position. The PvdA used to want to rein in exorbitant salaries, it was in favour of an investigation into the Dutch support for Iraq, it supported the European constitution. And now?
Where to go from here?
He lost the elections, old and young socialists contest his leadership, the Labour party PvdA voters said in a recent poll that he had become too right wing. And last evening he was criticised by his former opposition mates in Parliament for defending a government policy that refuses to rein in exorbitant salaries. Where or when will this agony end for Wouter Bos?
"Porn parties go too far"
A majority in Parliament wants to put an end to parties for young people where pornography is shown and sexual acts take place.
Doubts about debriefing location
State secretary for defence Cees van der Knaap is going to investigate whether the Greek island of Crete is still the best place for the debriefing of Dutch troops returning from Uruzgan.
Holleeder does not want to return to Vught
Willem Holleeder does not want to return to the high-security prison in Vught. Once he has fully recovered from his heart surgery the suspected crime boss will be held in an ordinary prison.
Teenagers have unhealthy habits
Teenagers themselves think they are in "good to excellent" health. That is in sharp contrast to their lifestyle. They drink far more alcohol than a few years ago. Teenage girls in particular are much less healthy. They smoke as much as their male peers now and drink and smoke pot almost as often.
Dagblad De Limburger
Shortage of school headmasters
It is becoming increasingly difficult for primary schools and denominational schools to find a headmaster. If the cabinet does not take action, one in five schools in the Netherlands will be without a headmaster in four years' time, the General Association of Headmasters (AVS) warns.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news