Morning newspapers – 16 February 2007
AD/Haagsche Courant, Another Hell’s Angel Prosecuted
Another Hell’s Angel Prosecuted
The public prosecution office will press charges against a 49-year-old Navy instructor who turned out to be a leading member of the Hell’s Angels. The motorcycle club is regarded as a criminal organisation.
MPs Astonished at Motion from PVV
In yesterday’s debate in parliament, the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid) tried to prevent Labour Party (PvdA) members Ahmed Aboutaleb and Nebahat Albayrak from being appointed state secretaries as they both have dual nationality.
Dutch in Uruzgan Tone Down Ambitions
The original plan to take control of a larger area has been postponed due to the shortage of qualified local police officers and the absence of strong local officials to support the operation.
Probo Koala Poisoning Arrests
Two Dutchmen were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the illegal toxic waste dumping by the ship the Probo Koala. Both of those detained are among the directors of Amsterdam Port Services (APS), a recycling company that had initially accepted the highly toxic chemical waste being transported by the Probo Koala.
Religious Card Game for Nurses
A new card game is aimed at making visiting nursing personnel better acquainted with religion(s). This should help improve their understanding of patients.
Food Will Become More Expensive
The rapid growth of the world population will inevitably lead to a shortage in raw materials. Consumption at the levels reached in the west will become impossible at a certain point.
New Government Punishes Hard Workers
The new cabinet’s plans are bad for the hardworking Dutchman. Companies will also have a hard time in the upcoming years. The taxes and duties to be collected will increase by a total of five billion euros by 2011, the Liberal (VVD) leader Mark Rutte said.
Loyal even with two passports
State Secretary Ahmed Aboutaleb (Social Affairs) and the rest of the Parliament deny the claim that those who possess two nationalities cannot be loyal enough.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Reed Elsevier’s Educational Branch Up for Grabs
Reed Elsevier has put its educational subsidiary Harcourt Education up for sale. The publisher wants to focus on medical, scientific and business information. These areas allow for much quicker internet turnover growth.
Screensaver as Company Bulletin Board
Many companies have a hard time finding the perfect way to quickly inform their staff of internal and external news. Some choose to send daily group e-mails. Others create an internal network where the daily info is placed.
In his diary, Saad Eskander describes his daily routine in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
Indonesian Chinese Doing Better
The emancipation of the Chinese, who have experienced years of discrimination in Indonesia, is slow, but the level of self-confidence is on the rise and they say they have started to feel “more equal”.
Municipalities Oppose New Gay Marriage Rules
More Dutch municipalities voiced their protest yesterday against the new coalition accord that protects those civil affairs officials who refuse to marry same-sex couples.
“Verzuiling” May Become Part of Canon
“Verzuiling,” the pillarisation of Dutch society along denomination lines which dominated the nation’s social structure until the gradual secularisation of the population during the last few decades of the 20th century, may yet become part of the Dutch Canon, the list of top fifty historical milestones. Frits van Oostrom, Chairman of the Canon Committee, said this on Thursday. Yesterday a number of prominent Christian historians presented an alternative canon.
New Cannabis Policy Hypocritical
Stricter policies against soft drugs will not only lead to more crime, but will also increase the health risks to users, ten mayors representing large municipalities wrote in a collective letter to the new cabinet.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news