Morning newspapers – 21 February 2007
AD, Make Light-Bulb More Expensive
Make Light-Bulb More Expensive
The energy-consuming light-bulb must become a little more expensive, MPs have decided. Among others, the Christian Democrats (CDA), Labour Party (PvdA) and Democrats (D66) hope this will discourage the use of the old-fashioned pear-shaped bulb.
Wanted: Mussels Dealer
The British tabloid The Sun has launched a campaign to get Dutchman Piet Minnaard behind bars in the UK again.
Mussels dealer Minnaard from Yerseke was sentenced to four years in prison in March 2003 in England for having been behind the wheel in a fatal accident. Twenty months later he simply walked out of the open prison where he was serving his sentence.
New Dutch Celebrity Born Every Night
The new television programme Losing Weight with the Stars (Afvallen met de Sterren) starts tonight.
Dancing, singing, playing poker and skating with the stars can also be seen. The Dutch stars function as a sort of “extended family” for society and a reason to discuss “standards and values” again.
Knee-Locks to Prevent Escapes
Minister of Justice Ernst Hirsch Ballin wants to reduce the large number of escapes by convicts sentenced to compulsory psychiatric treatment. The Minister wants to employ knee-locks for the most serious criminals. The lock, placed under the convict’s knee, will automatically shut if the convict decides to flee when on leave. Once the lock shuts, walking becomes impossible.
In Amsterdam, native Dutch children are systematically sent to better schools based upon their results of the standardised CITO tests than children from immigrant families who have achieved the same results.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Last Attempt for Effective Government
The new cabinet will introduce another secretary general, bringing the total to 14. The new secretary general will specifically focus on large-scale staff reduction and development of new working methods in government agencies, Secretary General of General Affairs Wim Kuijken announced.
Grolsch to Change Rules for Shareholders with Variable Dividend
Grolsch is considering giving its shareholders a fixed-rate “plus-dividend”, the company’s CFO Arjan Kaaks said yesterday. For the first time, the brewery split its dividend yesterday into 67 cents per share and an extra dividend of 33 cents. Added together, this exceeds last year’s dividend by almost 60 cents.
22-Week Baby Survived
American doctors have managed to save a baby born at 22 weeks. That is no reason to lower the 25 weeks norm at which attempts to save the foetus begin at Dutch hospitals.
“Verbal Judo” to Temper Terrorists
The atmosphere at the prison for convicts convicted of terrorism in Vught is surprisingly friendly. The guards are trained in “verbal judo”, a technique for alert communication with the convicts.
One out of 20 Dutchmen Fasts
Five percent of the Dutch will fast in the fourteen-day fasting period that begins today. The results come from a representative survey commissioned by Church in Action (Kerkinactie).
Fontys School Wants Discipline Back
Fontys wants to bring discipline back in the vocational schools, as a large number of
students don’t seem to able to deal with the freedom.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news