Morning newspapers – 22 October 2007

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The government must invest about EUR 2 billion more each year to improve liveability in the Randstad conurbation and other regions with housing shortages. The Initiative Group on Investment in Spatial Quality has called on the cabinet and Parliament to provide for this, the Financieele Dagblad reports. The organisation is comprised of project developers, the governments of the three large Randstad cities, the Association of Netherlands Municipalities and the foundation for nature monuments. The group says

The government must invest about EUR 2 billion more each year to improve liveability in the Randstad conurbation and other regions with housing shortages. The Initiative Group on Investment in Spatial Quality has called on the cabinet and Parliament to provide for this, the Financieele Dagblad reports. The organisation is comprised of project developers, the governments of the three large Randstad cities, the Association of Netherlands Municipalities and the foundation for nature monuments. The group says the investments are necessary in order to achieve targets of residential production of 90,000 to 100,000 homes a year.

Dutch managers and supervisors are heavy drinkers, the Telegraaf reports. One in three managers aged 40 or older drinks alcohol every evening after work, while younger managers tend to drink a lot on work nights out. This has emerged from a survey by professional journal Management Team. The FNV trade union confederation says that young managers drink more because of stress and heavy workloads. "There is no excuse for the fact that this group drinks a lot. They should take on their responsibility," says FNV spokesperson Richard Gielen.

The AD and De Telegraaf report on a new rival to taxis and public transport in Groningen: a "car pool system" in which motorists take on passengers. They get in contact via a website where they can arrange a drop off point. The costs are 10 eurocent per kilometre, up to a maximum of EUR 25. The company, ShuttleDrive, is not violating legislation governing taxis since participants must first become members of the website. A similar system has proved a success in Germany.

Motorcycle drivers should be exempted from the road pricing fees, CDA MP Ger Koopmans says in the AD. "Road pricing is intended to tackle traffic congestion. But that is caused by trucks and passenger vehicles, not motorcycles." A small contribution is reasonable, says Koopmans. "They do make use of the roads after all." Automotive organisations RAI and Bovag think motorcycle riders should be required to pay the same as motorists. Road pricing will be introduced from 2012.

"Texel has lost its ambassador," is the headline of an article in the Volkskrant on the island's response to the death of honorary resident Jan Wolkers. There is silence around villa Pomona, where the author and artist's body lies in state in his studio, the reporter writes. "It is not the Texel resident's custom to get involved in such matters," says journalist Harry de Graaf. The owner of a book store says that some Texel residents thought Wolkers was a "strange bird" at first. "He wrote what many here didn't even dare think." Until they realised how kind Jan was. "Soon there was appreciation that such a man had chosen their island as his home."

Gerard Joling will not represent the Netherlands in the Eurovision song contest. He cannot combine it with the Toppers concerts he has scheduled for the end of May, he tells the Telegraaf. "I just cannot go to Slovenia for ten days during that time. I will be available for 2009."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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