Morning newspapers – 21 June 2007
De Telegraaf, Generous severance packages still possible
Generous severance packages still possible
Sky-high golden handshake packages will still be possible in future. It looks as if the government will not be setting a cap on severance packages for those who earn more than about EUR 75,000. They will simply be able to take a year's pay home, regardless of the amount.
Archaeologist dies after deciphering curse
The internationally renowned professor of Roman archaeology Jan Kees Haalebos of the Catholic University Nijmegen appears to have died shortly after deciphering a Roman curse.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Housing construction slows down
16 percent fewer houses were handed over to new owners in the first quarter of this year compared to the same quarter last year. The number of building permits granted also fell by 23 percent.
Lawyers, commercial bankers, consultants and politicians are all infatuated with the Blackberry, the mobile e-mail device. There are few that can resist the addiction to the red light that signals new mail. The popularity and addictiveness of the device has earned it the nickname "Crackberry."
Afghan village reclaimed
Dutch and Afghan forces have regained control of the village of Chora in Uruzgan after four days of heavy fighting. "We've driven the Taliban back and restored the situation," Colonel Hans van Griensven, commander of the Dutch mission, said on Wednesday.
Exact sciences more popular
The number of engineers-in-training is rising. Institutions of higher education will be welcoming more technical students next year.
Animal shelters already full
Animal shelters throughout the Netherlands are already overcrowded and the summer holiday has not even yet started.
File destroyed when child turns 18
The Electronic Child File that will be kept for all children starting next year must be destroyed as soon as the child reaches the age of 18, says the Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP).
Unions threaten to pull out of employment summit
The unions are sticking to their position that the relaxation of dismissal legislation not be discussed at the employment summit next Wednesday. If the cabinet decides to put it on the agenda anyway, then the FNV trade unions will be packing it in, says chairman Henk van der Kolk.
Shortage of teachers continues to grow
The shortage of teachers in primary education will continue to rise in the coming years. A large group of teachers will be retiring and fewer people are following teacher training programmes. Moreover some 2,500 teachers-in-training are not being allowed to continue their training because they have failed the mathematics component of the first year programme.
PvdA wants to ban violent games
Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin should be able to ban sadistic computer games in the Netherlands. If necessary the makers of violent games should be tackled on the European level, says MP Jeroen Dijsselbloem (Labour PvdA).
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news