Morning newspapers – 25 May 2007
De Volkskrant, Government underestimates problem of obesity
Government underestimates problem of obesity
The Dutch continue to be too heavy and the government is failing to tackle the problem. "The business sector is taking on more responsibility. In The Hague more attention is going to smoking, drugs and alcohol rather than obesity, which is the silent killer of our times." Paul Rosenmöller, chairman of the Steering Committee for the Covenant on Overweight and Obesity wants the government to take action before it is too late.
"Homeless man stabbed soldier with broken bottle"
The homeless Somali man who was beat up by a group of soldiers in Eindhoven last week had first stabbed one of them in the leg with a broken bottle, according to Rupert, the lawyer representing the five soldiers still in custody on suspicion of attempted manslaughter and public violence.
Dutch elderly abroad to face difficulties
Things are set to become a bit more difficult for elderly people who spend winters in warmer countries at the expense of Dutch health insurance premium payers. The public health minister wants to significantly limit the possibilities for claiming insurance coverage for home care or nursing help while abroad.
Doctors to bid on operations
Dutch patients will be able to ask specialists to bid on the operations they have to undergo starting this year. It could save consumers hundreds of euro.
Museums free one day a week
Education and Culture Minister Ronald Plasterk is going to open the state-run museums one morning or afternoon a week free of charge to the public.
Child trafficking benefits from poor regulation
Scandals involving stolen children are not uncommon in India. Many times these children are given a new identity and disappear after being offered for adoption abroad via illegal orphanages.
Het Financieele Dagblad
ABP expands voting policy
Pension fund ABP is going to vote indirectly on the shares of all 5,000 companies in its portfolio. ABP is developing its own voting policy for all its Dutch properties.
Power struggle over energy merger
The shareholders in Nuon want a better deal in the merger with Essent than the two companies agreed in the merger proposal from 1 February. The proposal states that the Essent shareholders will hold 55 percent of the resulting combination, and that Nuon shareholders will hold 45 percent. Albert Moens, in the provincial executive of Noord-Holland, which is a 9.6 percent shareholder in Nuon, now says: "The deal has to be at least 50-50."
Much wood not from sustainable sources
Many garden centres, DIY stores and furniture shops are still selling garden furniture made from wood of dubious origins. About 40 percent of the tables, chairs and benches come from possibly unsustainable sources. 23 percent have a hallmark that is either unreliable or forged.
Candidate clergyman must go
The orthodox Reformed candidate preacher A.G. Hagg must leave the Netherlands. The Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) has revoked the residence permit of the South African national.
Uruzgan costs EUR 800,000 a day
The Dutch mission to Afghanistan is becoming much more expensive than anticipated.
75,000 fewer on welfare
Municipalities say they will be able to reduce the number of people receiving welfare benefits by 25 percent in the coming four years. They told State secretary for Social Affairs Ahmed Aboutaleb this recently.
Moszkowicz wins slander case in appeal
Bram Moszkowicz feels free to represent Willem Holleeder once again now that a court has ruled that a publisher's comments calling Moszkowicz a "buddy of the mafia" were unacceptable. The lawyer added: "It is up to Holleeder to decide if he wants me of course."
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news