Morning newspapers – 27 March 2007
AD/Haagsche Courant, Relatives commemorate air disaster on Tenerife
Relatives commemorate air disaster on Tenerife
Emotions ran high at the Los Rodeos airport on Tenerife on Monday as Dutch and American relatives of the 583 victims of the largest air disaster ever visited the place where two Boeing 747s, from KLM and PanAm, collided 30 years ago.
Far-right nationalist Volks-Unie (Peoples Union) warns Rheden
Constant Kusters, leader of the Nederlandse Volks-Unie, says that the municipality Rheden would be wise not to ban extreme right wing party members from showing their “last respects” to Florrie Rost van Tonningen, who died last weekend. She was the widow of Meinoud Rost van Tonningen, second highest-ranking member of the Dutch Nazi Party and head of the Netherlands' national bank during the occupation.
Disabled people to pay for aids themselves
Starting next year disabled persons should themselves pay for the zimmer frames and special stools they use. Penile injections to relieve erectile disorder should also be at one’s own expense.
Endstra’s lawyer testifies against Holleeder
The justice department has added another witness at the eleventh hour in the trial of Willem Holleeder which starts next week.
Belgium scraps plans for traffic sticker
Belgium has decided not to introduce a traffic sticker, a plan which caused some consternation in the Netherlands. This emerged after talks between Flemish Minister-president Yves Leterme and Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende on Monday.
Leterme now wants to talk with the Netherlands and Luxembourg about the possibility of introducing a system throughout the Benelux for charging road users.
Drug smuggling is tax deductible
A convicted drug smuggler was able to deduct the 1.5 million-euro purchase price and all the costs of transport for hashish on his tax return. The professional fisherman was convicted for smuggling, but not trading, hashish.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Record for alliances in financial sector
The financial sector is currently busy catching up when it comes to alliances. There have been roughly 20 times as many cooperative agreements reached in the past several years than at the end of the 1990s. This emerged from research into alliances in the quarterly magazine FD Strategie.
State secretary wants lower tax on labour
The taxes on environmental pollution will be increased more in the second half of this government term than is provided for in the coalition agreement. The revenue will be used to lower tax on labour and profit, State secretary for finance Jan Kees de Jager said in an interview with Het Financieele Dagblad.
Another seven problem neighbourhoods
Rotterdam has the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods because the city odes not get rid of poverty.
Too little help for the elderly
Many elderly people with emotional problems are not given the help they need because they are not referred on by their physicians. Only five percent of the elderly are referred to psychological care.
Less time on traffic lessons
Primary schools are spending less and less time on basic traffic lessons. As a result children do not know enough about the rules and are at more of a risk on the roads. Safe Traffic Netherlands (VVN) has concluded this on the basis of a recent CITO report on traffic education.
Stricter regulations on mushrooms
A majority in Parliament wants to do something about the sale of hallucinogenic mushrooms, but the various parties do not agree on what should be done. The Liberals VVD would like to see them included on the list of hard drugs.
Dutch embassy in the firing line
It made the news worldwide: militia members and soldiers have been fighting in the poshest neighbourhood of the Congolese capital of Kinshasa over the past few days.
Not only opposition leader Bemba was in danger, but 32 Dutch and Congolese employees of the nearby Dutch embassy were locked in at the premises to avoid the fighting immediately outside.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch News