Morning newspapers – 14 December 2007

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The number of reports of possible child abuse increased dramatically this year, Sp!ts reports. The Advisory and Reporting Centres for Child Abuse expect to reach a number of about 18,000 reports filed this year, 30 percent more than last year. These reports lead to an investigation into whether the child in question is actually the victim of abuse. Sector organisation MOgroup Youth care says there are a number of reasons behind the increase, including the fact that children's safety is receiving more atten

The number of reports of possible child abuse increased dramatically this year, Sp!ts reports. The Advisory and Reporting Centres for Child Abuse expect to reach a number of about 18,000 reports filed this year, 30 percent more than last year. These reports lead to an investigation into whether the child in question is actually the victim of abuse. Sector organisation MOgroup Youth care says there are a number of reasons behind the increase, including the fact that children's safety is receiving more attention.

No food for the poor over the holidays. The GPD papers report that poor households will have to go without because distribution centres and suppliers of the food banks will be closed between Christmas and New Years. About 13,000 families who pick up a food packet from the food banks each week could be without these provisions over the holidays. A number of food banks are asking supermarket customers to donate items for a "Christmas package." The association of food banks in the Netherlands says that the packages are never intended as the sole source of provision for poor households.

There is also some good news for the poor: a number of places are holding campaigns to give poor households a bit extra at the holidays. Local organisations in Amsterdam, Limburg, Nijmegen and Twente are gathering Christmas hampers from businesses and individuals and donating them to the food banks. The Gelderlander reports that a campaign by employees of the law faculty has already resulted in 70 Christmas packages being donated. The Twentsche Courant reports that for the third year in a row items from Christmas hampers are being collected and distributed to the less fortunate.

Trouw and the Volkskrant both published photos of people affected by the power outage in the Bommeler and Tielerwaard area as they sit on the couch by candlelight or work on a jigsaw puzzle. The Telegraaf reports that the Netherlands has never dealt with so complex a power outage. Residents in the affected area have been without power since Wednesday evening. Some residents of a nursing home in Zaltbommel say the situation reminds them of the war.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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