Morning newspapers – 16 March 2007
De Telegraaf, Viruses in plants infect humans
Viruses in plants infect humans
New pathogens are not only being contracted from animals but surprisingly often also from plants. People with a weak immune system may serve as springboards for fungi and viruses that jump from plants to humans.
Perez in a tight spot
A conflict amongst Ajax players is troubling the team just two days before the big game against PSV. Kenneth Perez has instigated the row. The Dane has clashed with a lot of players on the team, including Jaap Stam, Edgar Davids and Wesley Sneijder.
Het Financieele Dagblad
EU environmental goals are not feasible
The European Union's environmental and climate objectives are "not feasible." The International Energy Agency in Paris, the OECD's energy think-tank, warns about the "extremely ambitious" objectives for sustainable energy.
Van der Moolen has doubts about US
Van der Moolen is seriously considering stopping activities on the New York stock exchange if its results do not improve. This emerged from CEO Richard den Drijver's comments at the presentation of the company's annual figures.
Schiphol gets body-scan
Starting in May a body-scan to detect drugs being smuggled internally will be in use at Schiphol. This will make it easier for the Justice department to catch drug smugglers from the Antilles and Surinam. The heavily-criticised body searches of passengers can also now be kept to a minimum.
Melanie's murderer is "a psychopath"
The Pieter Baan psychiatric centre says former psychiatric patient Peter H. is a dangerous psychopath who cannot be treated. The public prosecution department demanded in court yesterday that he be sentenced to 18 years in prison and mandatory psychiatric treatment for the murder and rape of Melanie Sijbers.
Tax authority has access to accounts in Luxembourg
About a hundred customers who bank in Luxembourg received a note from the tax authority last week asking whether they could please report on their tax return any foreign assets they might have in foreign bank accounts.
Prosecution demands prison sentence for deadly kick
The public prosecution department demanded in court in Dordrecht on Thursday that a 27-year-old from Ridderkerk be sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for attempted manslaughter on the football pitch. The man kicked an opponent directly in the face during a match in December.
Cabinet should do more for knowledge workers
An increasing number of knowledge workers are coming to the Netherlands, but not nearly enough, says the Social and Economic Council. More highly educated migrants are needed.
No toddler test
State secretary Sharon Dijksma withdrew her announcement of plans yesterday for a mandatory language test for 3-year-olds.
Parents in the dark about children's PC use
Dutch parents have no idea what their children get up to on the computer. This emerged from the report "New links in the family" presented by the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau on Thursday.
Kamer urges strict code on suicide reporting
A majority in Parliament wants the media to show more restraint in reporting on family tragedies. Journalists should show more social responsibility, said the ChristenUnie, Christian democrat CDA, Labour PvdA, fundamentalist Christian SGP and the Party for the Animals.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news