Morning newspapers – 24 August 2007

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Labour PvdA Minister Ella Vogelaar threatened to resign in July during a discussion with minister and PvdA leader Wouter Bos, the Volkskrant reports. Vogelaar, minister for Housing, Communities and Integration, clashed with Bos on the financing for the development of disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The source of conflict was the agreements Vogelaar had made with the housing corporations about the amount they would invest in the communities. Bos felt the amount was too low. A fierce battle over billions of eu

Labour PvdA Minister Ella Vogelaar threatened to resign in July during a discussion with minister and PvdA leader Wouter Bos, the Volkskrant reports. Vogelaar, minister for Housing, Communities and Integration, clashed with Bos on the financing for the development of disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The source of conflict was the agreements Vogelaar had made with the housing corporations about the amount they would invest in the communities. Bos felt the amount was too low. A fierce battle over billions of euros is going on behind the scenes, says the newspaper.

Packs of copier paper, pens, folders, PDAs, USB sticks: workers take a great deal home with them from the office and often don't consider it theft. The Telegraaf reports on a study by Management Team which indicates that 88 percent of the 300 workers surveyed said they thought taking a package of copier paper home was fairly innocent. A new trend in stealing from the boss is the sale of diesel that lorry drivers tap out of their trucks, the Telegraaf writes.

A diagnosis of cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence, De Pers writes. More and more forms of cancer are being regarded as chronic diseases, as is the case with HIV. Dutch researchers have ascertained this turning point in a booklet on cancer from the Bio-sciences and Society Foundation. The number of cases of cancer continues to rise slightly, but the mortality rate has fallen by 14 percent over the past 15 years. This decrease is due to the fact that people are adopting more healthy lifestyles, some forms of cancer are being diagnosed earlier and can be treated more quickly, and because treatments are more effective.

Care for the disabled is seriously lacking. Unions and lobby organisations are sounding the alarm, the Volkskrant reports. There is structural understaffing and unqualified personnel are often put in charge of groups of mentally disabled people.

"'God's minstrel' has passed to the other side," was the headline in Trouw today for its coverage of Jos Brink's funeral on Thursday. The other papers also reported on the event. "Entertainer gives his last performance," the Telegraaf wrote, while the Volkskrant compared Brink to a teddy bear. Brink (born in 1942) was an extremely popular cabaret artist, television presenter, and all-round entertainer whose career spanned several decades. He died on 17 August.

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