Morning newspapers – 21 May 2007
De Telegraaf, "Bokito will move house if necessary"
"Bokito will move house if necessary"
The Rotterdam Blijdorp Zoo is considering transferring Bokito, the mountain gorilla who escaped his outdoor habitat on Friday and attacked a 57-year-old Zoetermeer woman. The male gorilla and his female mates and young may be moved to a zoo where he is screened off from visitors.
New taxi rates postponed
A large majority in Parliament of Christian democrat CDA, Labour PvdA, Liberal VVD and Socialist SP think the new taxi rates, set to go into effect on 1 July, should be shelved for the time being.
Losing weight included in basic package
Courses to lose weight or stop smoking should be covered by insurance. Board of Health Insurers (CVZ) will make this recommendation to Public Health Minister Ab Klink next month.
Hospitals want to introduce guarantee on operation
A number of Dutch hospitals are considering offering guarantees on operations. The hospital rather than the insurer would then be responsible for the costs incurred because of any complications shortly after surgery.
Blijdorp warned victim about gorilla
A caretaker at the Blijdorp zoo in Rotterdam warned the victim and her husband to keep their distance from the gorilla habitat just days before the attack. Zoetermeer resident Gerrit de Horde, husband of the woman attacked last Friday, confirmed this.
Dozing soldiers sent home
Two soldiers serving in Task Force Uruzgan have been sent home for falling asleep on duty.
Confidential counsellors complain
Confidential counsellors at schools are overworked and underpaid. The cabinet would like to do something about the problem but there is not enough room in the budget.
Het Financieele Dagblad
ABN Amro considers selling Brazilian activities
ABN Amro and Barclays are working on plans to sell ABN Amro's Brazilian activities as well. A sale could help the merger partners fend off a possibly higher bid from the consortium of Fortis, Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander.
Schiphol drops out of top ten
Schiphol dropped out of the top ten largest airports in the world last year, and will most likely fall several more places in 2007. This emerged from data on passenger transport worldwide compiled by umbrella organisation Airport Council International (ACI) in Geneva.
Rutte disagrees with court ruling
Liberal VVD leader Mark Rutte does not think he was guilty of inciting racial discrimination in 2003. This was his reaction to a court ruling in Haarlem.
Zoo launches investigation
The Rotterdam Blijdorp Zoo is going to investigate how a 180-kg gorilla managed to escape the gorilla habitat island on Friday.
"'NMa fails to regulate power prices"
The Dutch pay far too much for electricity and gas and the Dutch Competition Authority (NMa) does nothing to remedy the situation, say the Consumers' Union and the Association for Energy, the Environment and Water.
Another subsidiary for sale
Every subsidiary has its price. After ABN Amro made the news with its attempt to sell off US subsidiary LaSalle, the bank is now working on plans to sell Brazilian subsidiary Banco Real. ABN Amro bought Banco Real for USD 2.1 billion in 1998. There is interest for the division from a Spanish party, sources close to the bank report.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news