Morning newspapers – 24 May 2007
De Pers, "Exercise on prescription"
"Exercise on prescription"
Public Health Minister Ab Klink wants people suffering from obesity to be given a "prescription for exercise."
Balkenende argues for modest EU treaty
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende urged in the European Parliament on Wednesday that major changes be made to the European Constitution rejected by the Dutch and French two years ago.
Spyker's share price takes a dive
Dutch car manufacturer Spyker saw its share price drop 15.6 percent on Wednesday. Investors were concerned about a report in the Telegraaf that Spyker has had to hand over its brand name to Friesland Bank as collateral.
More minorities in top positions
The cabinet wants to introduce quotas to increase the number of ethnic minorities and women in top positions in the government. Fifty of the 800 highest management jobs should be filled by people of ethnic background by 2011. And a quarter of the top positions should go to women.
Disappointing sales for Stones tickets
Interest in the Rolling Stones concerts this year has been disappointing. Plenty of discounted tickets for their concert in Nijmegen on 8 June are already for sale on the internet.
Balkenende quells criticism
A hostile European Parliament seemed to back off a bit after an hour of Balkenende. The Dutch prime minister was not as anti-Europe as they seemed to be expecting.
"This kind of match is evidently impossible"
The behaviour of supporters at the Netherlands-Morocco under-21 match was not necessarily typically Moroccan, say sociologists. But this kind of match does aggravate polarisation in the Netherlands.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Ahold chooses tax-free route for investors
Supermarket company Ahold has opted for a tax-friendly and quick way to give EUR 3 billion back to shareholders. The company is using the share premium reserve on its balance to pass on part of the proceeds from the sale of subsidiary US Foodservice to shareholders, as promised earlier. At the same time Ahold is proposing a reverse stock split, the company announced on Wednesday.
Air quality as weapon against Maasvlakte 2
Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) is the only one of the large environmental organisations that is going to court to fight the construction of the new Rotterdam port. It hopes that the Council of State will once again call off the plans.
Prime minister wants small steps forward for Europe
Prime Minister Balkenende argued in the European Parliament on Wednesday that the European constitution should not be revived. Other EU members have had that ambition since the rejection of the treaty by the Dutch and French voters in 2005.
Concerns about details of general amnesty
Municipalities will almost certainly agree on Friday to a general amnesty for asylum seekers who have lived in the Netherlands for a long time. There are still concerns about the details of the arrangement, however, which enjoys broad support from the municipalities.
Holidays often a disaster
A quarter of the Dutch who go on holiday end up with problems because they are ill-prepared.
Moroccans disgusted at behaviour
The Moroccan community is horrified at the violence and destruction caused by Moroccan youth at the under-21 football match between the Netherlands and Morocco on Tuesday.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news