Morning newspapers - 17 January 2007
De Volkskrant, HBO Council demands emergency plan for language
HBO Council demands emergency plan for language
Huge growth in mediation bureaus for host parents
The number of host parent bureaus has almost doubled in the past year. Some 150 companies are focused on supervising host parents, but in practice they are mainly involved with applying for government subsidies. They charge huge fees for this relatively simple procedure. Host parents are akin to private childcare centres and are frequently existing child carers such as grandparents. Since the new 2005 childcare law was introduced, these carers have been allowed to apply for funding.
Kabouter Plop against Belgian toll system
Not only the Netherlands, but also the Belgian children's character kabouter Plop (a garden gnome) is angered at plans by Belgian authorities to charge EUR 60 roadway toll each year. Studio 100, the media firm that created the popular TV gnome, is concerned that the toll system will reduce the number of visitors to its three Plopsa fun parks in Belgium.
Het Financieele Dagblad
PCM in legal battle over aborted daily
The financial backer of the new daily newspaper De Pers, Marcel Boekhoorn, has lodged legal proceedings against publisher PCM after it withdrew from a joint plan to bring a new free daily newspaper onto the market.
De Boer urges for anonymous job applications
The chairman of the Youth Unemployment Taskforce, Hans de Boer, has urged employers to start accepting anonymous job applications. He believes that immigrant youths will then gain a fairer chance in the labour market.
Chipkaart 'makes public transport more expensive'
Commuters will be paying much more for bus and train transport when the Ov-chipkaart is introduced, travellers association Rover claims.
Frinsel: ChristenUnie should not enter Cabinet
The ChristenUnie should not enter the coalition government if "the godless laws that were enacted in recent years" cannot be repealed. The statement was made by the former director of Tot Heil des Volks, Johan Frinsel. The evangelist organisation Tot Heil des Volks offers social work and counseling among the homeless, sex workers and drug addicts.
Many soldiers break regulations
Hundreds of Dutch soldiers are arrested by police each year. The crimes committed usually involve violent assaults, but drug abuse and trade in illegal substances is also increasing in prevalence, public prosecution figures obtained by the AD reveal.
Drastic situation in special education
Just 5 percent of students in special education graduate with a school diploma, a government-commissioned report has shown. An extra EUR 200 million is needed this year to drastically improve the special education system. As waiting lists grow, the number of primary schools students in special education has increased 30 percent since 2000 and the number of secondary school children by 45 percent.
Flight traffic and noise pollution at Schiphol on the internet
Those people who are annoyed by the noise of planes can in future find out 'live' on the internet how many decibels he or she is subjected to. A new website that was launched on Tuesday shows every plane landing or taking off from Schiphol.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news