Morning newspapers – 16 May 2007
De Telegraaf, IND given access to immigrants' criminal files
IND given access to immigrants' criminal files
Foreigners who fail to inform the IND about their criminal past can say goodbye to their chances of a residence permit starting this week. The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) has now been given access to the police department's information system. This not only gives the IND access to information about convictions, but the service can also inquire whether someone is a suspect in a crime.
Customers still misled with expensive investment policies
Consumers are still being misled with investment insurance policies that are being sold as savings accounts. Names like "Levensplan Sparen" (Life-plan Saving) disguise the fact that the product is actually a risky and expensive investment insurance policy. The Homeowners' Association concluded this after an extensive investigation into these policies.
Electric prods used in questioning in Iraq
Dutch intelligence officers used an electric prod while questioning detainees in southern Iraq in 2003. These alleged torture practices took place in October 2003 and are contained in a report from the Van den Berg committee. The report will be published in late June.
"Poor security for exams"
Security for the final exams being administered this week is poorly arranged, says Swen Zuiderwijk, deputy headmaster at the St. Maartens college in Voorburg.
Significant drop in energy costs
Essent customers will be paying EUR 85 less a year on average starting 1 July, thanks to a price cut. Other energy companies will be lowering their prices this summer as well.
Violence at schools is on the rise
The number of reports of sexual abuse and physical and emotional violence at schools has more than tripled over the past two years. Schools, pupils and parents have filed more than 1,400 complaints over the past school year.
Consumers must be thriftier
A climate budget should help consumers use less energy. Those who use less energy end up with extra cash, extra energy use will result in higher charges.
Christian broadcasting loses influence on grassroots
The Christian broadcasting company (EO), which is celebrating 40 years in operation, has become the face of the Christian Netherlands. But its role as an opinion leader among its own following is weakening.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Economy shows strong growth
The economy showed strong growth in the first quarter of this year, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
"More fraud convictions needed"
Fighting bankruptcy fraud should be more of a priority at the public prosecution department and justice ministry. The focus should shift from increasing the number of cases filed to increasing the number of cases that actually make it to court and lead to a ruling.
Primary schools need learning goals
Strict learning goals may be introduced in primary education to define exactly what students need to know and be able to do. The Education Ministry is also going to intervene earlier if the quality of education at a school is deteriorating.
"Information must be shared in Youth Welfare sector"
Social workers in youth welfare often suspect that a child is being abused but do not seek out contact with other agencies because they fear that their professional secrecy does not allow it. That is why agencies often intervene in situations too late. The Data Protection Authority (CBP) has ascertained this after talks with representatives from youth welfare, psychiatry, healthcare, police and education.
An e-coli contamination has spread in drinking water in the Kennemerland area. First residents of Hoofddorp were warned about the contamination, and now residents in Aalsmeer, Bennebroek, Bloemendaal, Haarlem, Haarlemmermeer, Haarlemmerlieden, Spaarnwoude, Uithoorn and Zandvoort are being advised to boil tap water for two minutes before drinking it.
Board members at Endemol threaten to leave
There is a commotion in the board room at Endemol. Important directors of the television company would rather not see the return of new (co)owner John de Mol. "John de Mol is simply not a nice man to work with," said a former Endemol employee at the end of January.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news