Morning newspapers – 15 March 2007
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Truants taken to court
The public prosecution department is taking more frequent action against students who cut school. Last year reports were filed against 2,916 young people between the ages of 12 and 16 who failed to show up for school. That is almost ten times the number filed in 1998.
Father of murdered girl demands damages
The father of murdered teenager Melanie Sijbers is demanding that Peter H. pay him about EUR 5,000 in damages. H. stands trial in Den Bosch today for the murder and sexual abuse of 15-year-old Melanie.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Banks to inform client of information passed on
Dutch banks are willing to inform their clients that information about international payments may be seen by the US authorities. In informing clients of this the banks will be in compliance with requirements set by privacy protection authority CBP. Hein Blocks of the Dutch Association of Banks (NVB) has said this.
Investors worried about mortgage crisis in US
Investors are on the edge of their seats watching the crisis on the US housing market. European stock markets fell between 2 and 3 points on Wednesday. Aegon, ING and Fortis were the big losers on the AEX, which was down 2.3 points.
Youth are uninterested in society
Young people don't watch the news, read a newspaper, or take any interest in politics. Rob Wijnberg (24) publishes a pamphlet in which he criticises himself and his generation.
Business owners in the hospitality industry are furious at plans from a majority in Parliament to exempt coffeeshops from an impending smoking ban in the sector. They say it is pure foolishness to allow smoking at coffeeshops but not at evening and night-time bars, restaurants and clubs.
De Mol discusses future of Tien
John de Mol is currently in talks with a number of parties about the future of television broadcaster Tien. "That could lead to strategic decisions in the near future," De Mol says. He denies however that the end of Tien is in sight. "That is not the case at all."
Modified maize won't infect other crops
Pollen from genetically modified maize has little effect on common or biological maize as long as it is grown a safe distance away. A series of field trials by the Plant Research Institute at Wageningen University shows that there is not a great chance of cross-pollination.
Test toddlers for language problems
Toddlers growing up in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the four large cities, as well as in Oost-Groningen and Zuid-Limburg, will be required to take a language test at the consultation bureau starting 1 January 2009.
If they score below average, they will be required to follow extra language instruction before school so that they can start primary school without any disadvantages.
Pop venues in danger
Amateurism on the concert organising scene has led to problems for pop venues in the Netherlands. If the sector doesn't increase professionalism quickly there will be a series of bankruptcies in the industry. Experts and venues in the Dutch pop world are worried.
"Scrap blasphemy from criminal code"
Academics from various disciplines who met for discussion at the theological faculty of Radboud University have recommended that article 147 in the criminal code, which lists "scornful blasphemy" as a crime, should be scrapped.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news