Morning newspapers – 3 July 2007
De Volkskrant, Woman granted asylum in Zuma affair
Woman granted asylum in Zuma affair
The Netherlands has for political reasons issued a 5-year residence permit to the woman who accused former South African vice president Jacob Zuma of rape last year. The woman, Fezeka Kuzwayo, came to the Netherlands with her mother in 2006. Insiders say high level political consultation was held on her arrival.
Minster regrets comments on Uruzgan
Defence Minister Van Middelkoop apologised to Parliament on Monday for his statements on a possible extension of the military mission in Uruzgan last week.
Gouden Kooi fallen from grace
Large companies like Albert Heijn, Heineken, Phillips, ABN Amro and Renault should not allow their commercials to be shown before, during or after reality television programme De Gouden Kooi. Large media agencies Kobalt and Carat, who buy in commercial broadcasting time for these and other important advertisers, has said this.
VMBO students turned away from school party
Recent graduates of the VMBO (secondary vocational education) programme in Almere are not welcome at the first large graduation party being organised by the city of Almere at the local nightclub Nox. The city is spending EUR 20,000 on the party.
Cutbacks put home care in danger
Home care programmes are supposed to help the elderly remain independent longer and keep them from having to enter expensive nursing homes. But cutbacks on these programmes are now threatening to have the opposite effect.
Twice as many incidents of corruption among officials
The national criminal investigation service had to investigate officials in a remarkably high number of cases last year. More than half of the cases involved the leaking of information.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Connexxion crosses the border
Connexxion is going to offer public transport services in Germany and Scandinavia. The Hilversum-based regional transport company will be responsible for international expansion strategy once it joins an alliance with French company Transdev. This will finally put the long-cherished international ambitions of CEO Peter Kortenhorst within reach.
Essent-Nuon merger a step closer
The merger of energy companies Essent and Nuon has come a step closer. The province of Friesland, which holds a 12.6-percent stake in Nuon, is no longer opposed to the merger. Christian democrat CDA representative for Friesland Sjoerd Galemavan has said this. His predecessor and fellow CDA member Jan Ploeg did not want to see the creation of a national energy giant.
ANWB to predict delays
Motorists' ANWB is going to incorporate information on tailbacks in its new route planner. With the help of a "tailback predictor" developed by TNO the expected delay will be incorporated in the travel times given by the planner. The route planner will be ready "in a few weeks at the latest," says Arnoud Broekhuis of the ANWB.
Parliament discusses child-rearing courses
Parliament will discuss the plans from Minister Rouvoet for mandatory child-rearing courses on Wednesday. Whether these courses will work is another matter. "If there is any area in which people don't want others looking over their shoulder, it is in raising their children."
Heineken robbed of EUR 2.6 million
Heineken has fallen victim to defrauders who managed to remove an amount of EUR 2.6 million from the company's account this spring.
Revoke allowance for misbehaving children
The state should revoke the allowance for children aged 8 to 12 if they terrorise others on the street and show criminal behaviour. These children should be required to spend 12 hours a day at school to be taught manners in addition to regular education.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news