Morning newspapers – 23 April 2007
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Psychologists have their hands full
Psychologists at universities and institutions of professional education are dealing with more and more students with emotional problems. The demand for counselling has increased by 10 to 20 percent at some institutions. Students come for help with stress, depression, anxiety, personal issues and problems with their study.
Record turnover at garden centres
The Dutch spent more than EUR 3 billion on their gardens last year; a record amount, says the sector organisation for garden centres. And it looks as if 2007 will be another record year: market leader Intratuin reports a 50-percent increase in turnover this spring compared to the cold, wet spring last year.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Use profit tax to tackle top salaries
The cabinet can use the company tax to discourage excessive salaries in the business sector, says Harrie Gooskens in an opinion piece in Het Financieele Dagblad today. The managing director of IT service provider IBS accuses Finance Minister Wouter Bos (Labour PvdA) of failing to tackle this issue despite the fact that he promised to do so during the election campaign.
Young MPs pay goodwill to take over practice
MPs wishing to take over a practice are being required to pay goodwill once again. This emerged from a survey by the Nederlands Dagblad. In at least three cases the amount paid was between EUR 150,000 and almost EUR 400,000. Most of the time the amount comes to less than EUR 30,000. The National Association of Physicians is unhappy with the situation.
Rouvoet visits zoo with foster families
More than 6,000 foster families visited Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem this weekend. The special event for foster families was a gift from the National Fund for Children's Aid and Foster Care Netherlands. Minister for Youth and Family Affairs Andre Rouvoet also joined the festivities and spent time with the children.
Breast cancer from hormone treatment
It has emerged that warnings that hormone preparations may cause breast cancer are justified. New research by the American National Cancer Institute (NCI) indicates that women's chance of breast cancer falls by 9 to 15 percent when they stop taking hormones.
British bid on ABN Amro almost settled
ABN Amro has practically reached agreement on a takeover bid by British commercial bank Barclays, say sources close to the negotiations. An official announcement is expected Monday morning.
CDA and CU campaign against abortion boat
ChristenUnie and Christian democrat CDA are protesting against the permit granted to the abortion boat. ChristenUnie wants Labour party PvdA state secretary Jet Bussemaker to find some way to stop the abortion assistance provided by the "Women on Waves" foundation, by changing legislation if necessary.
Primary education falls short of the mark
Primary education is failing in almost every subject area. In practically every subject, children are not learning what experts say they should be. This emerged from an analysis of 20 years of periodic measurements of the educational level.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news