Morning newspapers - 12 December 2006

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The morning newspapers focused heavily on the elimination of the Socialist SP as a possible coalition partner for the Christian Democrat CDA and Labour PvdA.

The morning newspapers focused heavily on the elimination of the Socialist SP as a possible coalition partner for the Christian Democrat CDA and Labour PvdA.


Jail block for the elderly

Special wings for elderly criminals serving long-term sentences should be created in several Dutch prisons, the council for criminal sentencing and youth protection RSJ has advised Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin. It said the living conditions in current jails were too painful and hopeless.

De Telegraaf

Controversy around youth welfare

The five-year-old boy, Metehan, who was strangled in Apeldoorn on Sunday allegedly by his mother, Hulya K, 27, would still be alive if the youth welfare authority Bureau Jeugdzorg had listened to warnings about the psychiatric patient.

Social security at threat in case of expensive car

Fraudulent social security recipients with overly expensive cars are at great risk of being caught out in the near future. Caretaker Social Affairs Minister Henk van Hoof will give municipalities on Tuesday the possibility to ask the government's traffic authority RDW to confirm whether anyone on social security has an expensive car.


Prenatal tests 'prevent child deaths'

Prenatal tests are making it possible to trace abnormalities among foetuses. But this is not leading to an increase in the number of abortions. Instead, prenatal tests are leading to better care for newborn babies, gynaecologist Jan Nijhuis said. The statement came after it was reported on Monday that some parents are aborting babies with small, treatable abnormalities.

Nederlands Dagblad

Netherlands ill prepared for oceanic oil disaster

The capacity to clean up spilled oil is considerably lower than the amount of oil that can be spilled onto the North Sea, Westerschelde and Wadden Sea in the event of a large-scale disaster. The chance that such a disaster takes place is also greater than calculated in contingency planning, shipping experts and The North Sea Foundation (Stichting De Noordzee) said.

Animal shelter cats sold for profit via internet

Traders are picking up pure bred cats from animal shelters and selling them for exaggerated prices on the internet. People are also picking up cats across the nation which are later offered for free over the internet.

De Volkskrant

2003 ban on assailing prisoners in southern Iraq

The military intelligence service was banned in 2003 from punishing prisoners in southern Iraq with cold water or pressuring them with loud music. Commandant Dick Swijgman had disciplined the MIVD marine battalion for such tactics.

IND procedures not carried out

Some municipalities in the Netherlands are not co-operating with the procedures of the immigration service IND against rejected asylum seekers. The Lower House of Parliament will hold an emergency debate on Tuesday night with Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk over a recent motion calling for a general amnesty.

Het Financieele Dagblad

Battle for Corus re-ignites with new bids

With two offers within 12 hours, the takeover battle around the British-Dutch steel maker Corus has erupted in all its fury. Investors are expecting more fireworks now that Brazil's CSN topped the offer on Wednesday from India's Tata Steel.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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