Morning newspapers – 23 August 2007

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There was a great deal of attention in the media to the Groningen HIV case. De Telegraaf ran the headline "Addicted to HIV parties." The pro forma hearings against the suspects accused of deliberately injecting others with HIV-infected blood started in Groningen on Wednesday. If the police were to discover what was going on, suspect J. said, it would be "every man for himself and God for all of us." Another suspect said: "I know it was wrong. I know what my role in this was. But I just could not stop."

There was a great deal of attention in the media to the Groningen HIV case. De Telegraaf ran the headline "Addicted to HIV parties." The pro forma hearings against the suspects accused of deliberately injecting others with HIV-infected blood started in Groningen on Wednesday. If the police were to discover what was going on, suspect J. said, it would be "every man for himself and God for all of us." Another suspect said: "I know it was wrong. I know what my role in this was. But I just could not stop."

Highly educated students from ethnic background would do better to join existing student unions rather than start their own. That is what the Council for Work and Income told the AD today. By setting up separate groups, they mainly end up associating within their own circles and have less chance of finding a good job from their extended network. The number of minority student unions has more than doubled in the past ten years. Most of the members of these groups are from the same cultural background.

More and more people in Amsterdam are falling victim to pickpockets. The police in the capital want to reintroduce a ban on tram use for convicted pickpockets, the AD reports. The ban would apply to all tram lines. A few years ago a ban on tram use was scrapped from a city ordinance. Most of the victims are tourists on the tram to the Leidseplein; most of the pickpockets are of Romanian origin.

Supermarkets and drinks manufacturers are evading the mandatory collection of plastic bottles, the Nederlands Dagblad reports. More plastic bottles for milk and fruit juices made it onto shop shelves last year. The Recycling Network says that virtually all Dutch supermarkets and the large milk producers are violating the packaging covenant. The environmental organisations filed complaints in June but the justice department is not investigating.

The saying "you get what you pay for" is apparently not always the case. The Telegraaf reports on a study by the Consumer Union that indicates that cheap clothing from Zeeman and Wibra, for instance, is surprisingly good quality. A tester was sent to various shops and these two in particular scored high marks. "The quality is not as high as at the more expensive chains, but you get a great deal for a low price. And they have nice details."

The Gouden Kooi will be off the air by the end of the year, says Fons van Westerloo of RTL Netherlands in an interview with the Volkskrant. RTL will continue to broadcast the show so that John de Mol can sell it abroad. This was the agreement reached with the show's creator. Van Westerloo is still keeping his options open though: "We'll stop the show, unless we have more than 1.5 million viewers."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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