Morning newspapers – 2 August 2007
De Volkskrant, Cabinet tour scrutinised
Cabinet tour scrutinised
The cabinet must clarify the organisation of all events during its 100-day tour throughout the country. The Liberal VVD has demanded this now that it has emerged that both Development Cooperation Minister Bert Koenders and Youth and Family Affairs Minister Andre Rouvoet have violated European tendering regulations in organising events.
Largest peacekeeping force headed for Darfur
With 19,555 soldiers, 2,500 police officers and 4,000 civilians, Unamid, the peacekeeping force headed for Darfur, is the largest UN peacekeeping operation in the world. It will be cooperating with the African Union and "predominantly African" in character.
More and more illegal adoptions
Couples will increasingly resort to illegal practices in their search for an adoptive child abroad, say Dutch adoption organisations. The long waiting times and high costs of a procedure will push prospective parents to look for alternatives.
Special needs transport far below standard
Municipalities, insurance companies and clients complain about the transport companies that offer service to the elderly, ill and disabled. Many contracts have already been cancelled.
Large experiment with mobile payments
A thousand Rotterdam residents will soon be able to pay using a mobile phone. If the trial is a success the whole country will be able to do so.
Youth adept at avoiding harassment online
The number of reports of sexual harassment on the internet has been rising for years. Some young people are vulnerable and naïve, but the large majority could teach adults a thing or two.
Home care workers fired en masse
While home care institutions, municipalities and trade unions talk about how to stop waves of dismissals in home care, hundreds of workers are being fired.
Taliban embraces al Qaeda methods
The Taliban has been using increasingly aggressive tactics, like abductions and suicide attacks. These methods have been copied directly from the worldwide jihad led by al Qaeda.
Fraud with used car appraisals
Quite a bit of tax fraud is taking place behind the scenes of the explosive increase in the import of used cars. The magnitude of the fraud is still unclear.
Panic on the Python
A number of Efteling visitors narrowly escaped death when their rollercoaster got stuck at the highest point of its track. While park workers helped evacuate passengers at a height of 29 metres the coaster started moving forward again suddenly.
Het Financieele Dagblad
EU eases entry requirements for knowledge migrants
The European Commission is working to make the admission policy for highly skilled migrants considerably easier. The measures aim to make it easier for them to shop around for jobs in the EU.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news