Morning newspapers – 13 August 2007

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Shop owners who install security systems to protect their shops against robberies should be rewarded with a tax break, say coalition parties Christian democrat CDA and Labour PvdA, according to the AD. The number of robberies has risen sharply this year, by no less than 30 percent, after years of decline. The previous government did not want to introduce such a tax break because it would create a great deal of paper work and the system would be susceptible to fraud.

Shop owners who install security systems to protect their shops against robberies should be rewarded with a tax break, say coalition parties Christian democrat CDA and Labour PvdA, according to the AD. The number of robberies has risen sharply this year, by no less than 30 percent, after years of decline. The previous government did not want to introduce such a tax break because it would create a great deal of paper work and the system would be susceptible to fraud.

Elderly affected by dementia suffer a great deal of pain unnecessarily because many of them are unable to express themselves. Trouw reports on a new checklist developed by health scientist Sandra Zwakhalen at the University of Maastricht. The checklist allows health care workers to identify signs of pain. The more points checked off on the list, the greater the chance that the patient is suffering from pain. This kind of pain scale is already in use abroad.

Criminals that are required to spend more than nine months in prison may be evicted from their homes by housing corporations in future, even if they continue to pay rent. The Telegraaf opened with this story on Monday. The interests of housing corporations weigh more heavily than those of criminals who want to return to their homes after serving time, the court has ruled in two recent cases. The housing corporations will be able to take back hundreds of homes each year now.

The AD talked with senator Düzgün Yildirim, who has been ordered to give up his seat in the upper house of Parliament by the Socialist Party SP. Yildirim says that he feels encouraged by 500 supporters, who are also concerned about the authoritarian direction in which the SP seems to be going. "Starting a new party is still one of the possibilities," Yildirim says. He also says he has sent a letter on the situation to party leader Jan Marijnissen, but has not yet received an answer.

Young people often turn to certain websites when they are depressed and are left with the desire to commit suicide after talking to others on these sites. A child psychiatrist said this in Metro today. Young people meet up on these "suicide sites" to talk about their desire to end their lives. "The sites often pose as help sites, but when you take a closer look you see that suicide is being glorified on these sites," says psychiatrist Martin Meyer. "This puts ideas in a lot of young people's heads." Experts say that more help sites should be set up to provide constructive advice to young people who are depressed.

Real estate dealers regularly hire in homeless people or junkies to cause nuisance to residents around buildings which they would like to buy. This pushes down the market value, allowing speculators to buy up the homes for a low price and sell them on at a high profit. The study ‘'Malafide activities in de vastgoedsector" (Malafide practices in the real estate sector) talks about this practice. A spokesperson for the Homeowners' Association says in the Telegraaf that he is astonished at the report, calling the practice "too crazy for words."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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