Morning newspapers – 25 September 2007

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"Ploumen beats Pronk" (de Volkskrant), "Not Pronk but Ploumen is the new PvdA chairperson" (Trouw), "PvdA leadership relieved: no Pronk," (the Telegraaf). The front pages paid a great deal of attention to the election of a new PvdA chairperson, with photos of a crestfallen Jan Pronk or happy Lilianne Ploumen. "Party leader Bos and faction leader Tichelaar have little to fear from her," the Volkskrant writes. De Pers reports that Pronk will no longer hold any political function. Pronk says he has abandoned

"Ploumen beats Pronk" (de Volkskrant), "Not Pronk but Ploumen is the new PvdA chairperson" (Trouw), "PvdA leadership relieved: no Pronk," (the Telegraaf). The front pages paid a great deal of attention to the election of a new PvdA chairperson, with photos of a crestfallen Jan Pronk or happy Lilianne Ploumen. "Party leader Bos and faction leader Tichelaar have little to fear from her," the Volkskrant writes. De Pers reports that Pronk will no longer hold any political function. Pronk says he has abandoned plans to run for a seat in the European Parliament.

Even if Michael Rasmussen had not been pulled out of the Tour de France by his team he would not have won the event. The GPD newspapers report that the Dane received an official warning three days before the Tour started for missing doping tests and failing to report his whereabouts. Suspension and loss of a Tour victory was therefore imminent. Director of the Rabo team Theo de Rooij was reportedly aware of the warnings from the International Cyclists Union UCI much earlier on.

The flu vaccination may be less effective for the elderly than previously thought. American doctors have said this, Trouw reports. Study shows that the percentage of vaccinated elderly in the US has risen from 15 to 65 percent since the 1980s, while the mortality rate from the flu has not decreased. The effectiveness of the vaccination has only been demonstrated among young adults, the doctors write in medical journal The Lancet: Infectious Diseases. They urge for more research on the effect of the vaccine.

The number of unwanted pregnancies among young women is on the rise. This has emerged from research by the Netherlands institute for healthcare research and the Rutgers-Nisso Group, the Telegraaf writes. While there has been a steady decrease in the number of unwanted pregnancies among women under 25 since 2003, this number has started to rise again. What is remarkable is that there have also been pregnancies reported among 10 to 14-year-old girls.

The Netherlands holds a strong position in Europe as a place for professional talent. On points like training highly qualified personnel and attracting talented foreigners the Netherlands scores higher than countries like the UK, Germany and France. The Financieele Dagblad reports this on the basis of a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit and headhunters bureau Heidrick & Struggles. The Netherlands comes in third on the Global Talent Index, which was published for the first time. This high position is partly due to the "linguistic skills" of the Dutch, the FD writes.

The driving test will be revised next year, the NOS reports. There will be more attention to independent driving, recognising dangers, driving in tailbacks and environmental awareness regarding driving. The examinees will be instructed to drive to a destination, if necessary using the help of a navigation system. They will not be given any instruction along the way. The changes are intended to reduce the number of accidents among beginning drivers; the accident rate among these drivers is four times higher than for experienced drivers.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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