Morning newspapers – 30 October 2007

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Military union ACOM wants the ministry of defence to conduct a thorough investigation into whether soldiers may have gotten cancer during deployment to Afghanistan. The Telegraaf reports that the union is calling for this after the report of an Italian soldier who came in contact with depleted uranium in ammunition while serving in former Yugoslavia. He died as a result of cancer and his family were awarded damages. ACOM says that Dutch troops have also come into contact with depleted uranium while station

Military union ACOM wants the ministry of defence to conduct a thorough investigation into whether soldiers may have gotten cancer during deployment to Afghanistan. The Telegraaf reports that the union is calling for this after the report of an Italian soldier who came in contact with depleted uranium in ammunition while serving in former Yugoslavia. He died as a result of cancer and his family were awarded damages. ACOM says that Dutch troops have also come into contact with depleted uranium while stationed abroad.

Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen has banned a demonstration by the extreme right-wing Nationalist People's Movement (NVB) in Slotervaart but area residents are still worried. A demonstration on the edge of the neighbourhood is permitted. That is too nearby, a Moroccan man says in Trouw. "Then there will just be war between white and black." A Surinamese resident predicts that not only Moroccans, but Surinamese and Antilleans too will take part in riots.

Rotterdam will be the first city in the Netherlands to have a directive on child-rearing, the AD reports. During the coming school year dozens of discussions with parents will be held to decide what will be included in the directive.  Alderman Leonard Geluk says it is a good idea to put down in writing what is necessary when raising a child in Rotterdam. Parents must ensure that their children have a good breakfast, warm clothing and warm blankets, for instance.

Gordon, the much talked about jury member on Idols, has been receiving hate email. Angry viewers say he should stop his harsh criticism of contestants. Gordon tells the Telegraaf that police are investigating the emails. "They contain threats that seem serious. But I really don't understand why people are getting all worked up, it is all meant in fun after all." He wants to make sure that people who make a fool of themselves never set foot on stage again.

Irritated by cleaners vacuuming during work hours? It will only get worse. Cleaners will be doing their work in offices and businesses during normal working hours more frequently in the coming years, the AD reports. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find personnel that is willing to clean during early morning or late evening hours. FNV trade union confederation sees this as a positive development. If cleaner and employee see each other more often, it will strengthen their relationship. The cleaner will be more motivated as a result and employees will make less mess.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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