Morning newspapers – 26 November 2007

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The relaxation of the requirement that students spend 1,040 hours in class per school year is a start, but "we're not quite there yet." Joeri van der Hoff of the GroenLinks youth organisation DWARS said this on Goedemorgen Nederland on Monday. "It is still a regulation based on quantity, not quality. While quality should be the main concern." Van der Hoff says demonstrations by school students are therefore still necessary. But he urges peaceful demonstrations.

The relaxation of the requirement that students spend 1,040 hours in class per school year is a start, but "we're not quite there yet." Joeri van der Hoff of the GroenLinks youth organisation DWARS said this on Goedemorgen Nederland on Monday. "It is still a regulation based on quantity, not quality. While quality should be the main concern."  Van der Hoff says demonstrations by school students are therefore still necessary. But he urges peaceful demonstrations.

The Dutch are blunt, dominant, egocentric and control freaks. At least this is how they come across to foreigners who live here, Bert van Essen of magazine The Expat Journal says in DAG on Monday. His Holland Handbook will be online on 1 December. Other conspicuous points are the Dutch tendency to be direct and stand-offish and the lack of hierarchy at the work place. This last one is difficult for French and German expats here. "It is not clear to them who is the boss and who is responsible."

Anyone who still has to buy kruidnoten for Sint Niklaas Eve should head for the bakery. That is the conclusion of the "ultimate kruidnoten test" in Metro today. The kruidnoten from Specker's bakery in Rotterdam are "crisp and yet light," says Metro. The kruidnoten from Bakery Bart are not bad either. The spicy biscuits from Albert Heijn and Jamin score lower, and those from Hema are to be avoided, Metro writes.

Criminals should avoid the A28 from now on. Eight cameras have been installed along the motorway to read and register license plate numbers in order to track down people who have failed to pay traffic fines, those driving in stolen cars, or fugitives, for instance. The Telegraaf reports this. It is the first time that this automatic license plate recognition is possible from a fixed point on the motorway. The trial on the A28 will last a year. The cameras are not intended to register traffic violations.

Asylum centres are filling up, the Volkskrant reports. The number of asylum seekers is once again on the rise, while virtually no asylum seekers are leaving the shelters. Most of those living in the centres long term are eligible for general amnesty and are waiting to be given a home. The Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers is already holding talks with municipalities about opening new asylum seeker centres, primarily in the northern part of the country and the four large cities.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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