Morning newspapers – 31 October 2007

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The business sector needs more female directors. The cabinet and the sector met on Tuesday evening to make agreements to work on this, NOS Journaal and Radio 1 reported. An advertising campaign will be launched featuring successful women in business and companies will set quotas for women in managerial positions. Education and Culture Minister Plasterk says this works better than government-imposed quotas, as is the case in Norway. Norway has the highest percentage of women in leadership positions in Europ

The business sector needs more female directors. The cabinet and the sector met on Tuesday evening to make agreements to work on this, NOS Journaal and Radio 1 reported. An advertising campaign will be launched featuring successful women in business and companies will set quotas for women in managerial positions. Education and Culture Minister Plasterk says this works better than government-imposed quotas, as is the case in Norway. Norway has the highest percentage of women in leadership positions in Europe: 32 percent compared to 7 percent in the Netherlands.

Parliament thinks it is ridiculous that the police are going to fine cyclists who affix a light to their clothes or clip it on a bag rather than have it installed on the bicycle. "They could wear it on their nose for all I care, as long as they are clearly visible," CDA MP Sander de Rouwe says in the AD. "I'd give a cyclist with a light affixed to their jacket a bunch of flowers, rather than a fine," says SP MP Roemer.

Halloween is growing in popularity in the Netherlands, Trouw writes. Shops are selling grimacing pumpkins, hairy spiders, and witches in all shapes and sizes, while Halloween fancy dress parties are being held in various places. "Halloween is a contemporary event," says Ineke Strouken, director of the Dutch Centre for Folk Culture. "People can put on a costume and step into another world after work. They do not need to go to any trouble to get to know people: everyone is there for the same purpose."

40 percent of Dutch households now have digital television. Viewers are in general satisfied with the quality. This emerged from a survey by the Consumers' Union, Metro reports. The subscribers to Digitenne are somewhat less satisfied with their service than subscribers to other services, like Tele 2 for instance.

 [Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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