Morning newspapers - 16 October 2007

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All newspapers have full reports on MP Rita Verdonk who decided to leave the VVD last night. Verdonk had a meeting with the party executive on Monday who presented her with an ultimatum. She would have to give up her seat in parliament before Friday, or face expulsion from the party. Verdonk said on current affairs TV programme NOVA that she would have preferred remaining a member of the VVD, but wanted to retain her seat in parliament at all costs.

All newspapers have full reports on MP Rita Verdonk who decided to leave the VVD last night. Verdonk had a meeting with the party executive on Monday who presented her with an ultimatum. She would have to give up her seat in parliament before Friday, or face expulsion from the party. Verdonk said on current affairs TV programme NOVA that she would have preferred remaining a member of the VVD, but wanted to retain her seat in parliament at all costs.

The public prosecution department feels it is realistic to assume that the man who stabbed two police officers with a knife at a police station in Amsterdam on Sunday wanted to be shot and killed, the Telegraaf writes. He suffered from "very serious suicidal tendencies", according to a psychiatric report. The family of the perpetrator wrote in a statement to NOS news that he was schizophrenic.

The Nederlands Dagblad writes that embryos left over after test tube fertilisations are sometimes made available for adoption to infertile couples. This has already happened on several occasions in the Netherlands during the past few years, but that has not yet led to successful pregnancies so far. In Belgium embryo adoption is more common practice. At least one Dutch woman received an embryo and meanwhile gave birth to a daughter.

The Telegraaf reports that insurance company Aegon will become Ajax’s main sponsor. Aegon will donate some EUR 12 million to the Amsterdam football club and that is considerably more than current main sponsor ABN Amro is paying. ABN Amro would have remained Ajax’s main sponsor for the coming four years. The fact that ABN Amro is ending its sponsorship earlier has nothing to do with the major developments taking place at the bank or the takeover.

A growing number of Brits have become DIY dentists, the Volkskrant writes. An increasing number of British people are filling their own teeth because of a shortage of dentists and the high fees charged by private clinics. Some patients use superglue to repair broken crowns and a screwdriver to remove tartar build-up.

With the oncoming autumn the chances are that you will come across the multi-coloured Asian ladybird inside your home. These insects are currently seen more often in the Netherlands and now that the temperatures are dropping the ladybirds are taking refuge indoors. Sometimes they appear in the thousands, the AD writes. The Asian ladybird should not be confused with the "common" ladybird. It is larger than the endemic species and has a hump on its shield. It also exudes a nasty smell when it feels threatened.

[Copyright Expatica News +ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news

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