Morning newspapers – 13 July 2007
AD, Dismay at exorbitant salary
Dismay at exorbitant salary
It has emerged that former general Ad van Baal will be receiving a salary of almost EUR 200,000 in his new position as president of the police academy. That is several tens of thousands more than the average ministerial salary. A majority in Parliament is not happy at this.
Customers negative about customer service
Customer service and quality at Dutch companies is appalling. Two-thirds of consumers are outright negative about their experiences, according to a survey of 6,000 people conducted by a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam.
Butter mountains disappear
The milk-lakes and butter mountains of Europe are a thing of the past. For the first time in almost 40 years Dutch dairy farmers do not need to ask for subsidies from Brussels because prices are rising so quickly.
Pensioners angry at funeral insurance company
Thousands of pensioners are protesting a recent change in their burial or cremation policies by funeral insurance company Yarden. A group of 400 elderly citizens are preparing a law suit.
Tourist jumps from window under influence of mushrooms
A 19-year-old Icelandic tourist was injured in Amsterdam last weekend after he jumped from a hotel room window while under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Melkert under fire in the US
The Netherlands is trying to defuse tension between US diplomats and Ad Melkert, second in command at UN development organisation UNDP. The Americans are accusing Melkert of not taking enough action against misuse of UN funds in North Korea.
"Bus company should be blacklisted"
Coach companies that regularly violate regulations should be blacklisted and their licenses should be revoked, say the Transport Inspectorate and the Coach Company Quality Mark Association.
Developing talent by not going to school
Last year some 170 children were exempted from attending school on grounds of their religion. That is the highest number in ten years.
Waiting times for driving test at least six months
Candidates for driving tests and driving school owners are facing chaos now that the waiting time for a test at the central driver testing bureau is at least six months.
Viagra is popular loot
Pharmacists are plagued by burglars and aggressive customers who are after medication for erectile disorders.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Netherlands concerned about wave of state funds
The finance ministry is worried about the wave of state money from emerging economies that is flooding Western businesses. The Nederlandsche Bank expects more shocks on the financial markets.
Hospital may make a profit
Health care institutions will be given permission to make a profit sooner and attract capital from private investors. Public Health Minister Ab Klink wants to realise this by giving hospitals the choice of a new legal form from 2010: a social business.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news