Morning newspapers – 4 December 2007

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The Wadden Sea could soon be included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The AD reports that the cabinet will approve the official nomination of the area on Friday. The government hopes a place on the prestigious UNESCO list will draw more tourists to the Wadden region. The islands have long opposed a place on the list for fear that the area may turn into a sort of open air museum.

The Wadden Sea could soon be included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The AD reports that the cabinet will approve the official nomination of the area on Friday. The government hopes a place on the prestigious UNESCO list will draw more tourists to the Wadden region. The islands have long opposed a place on the list for fear that the area may turn into a sort of open air museum.

Minister Ella Vogelaar is going to take action to speed up the integration of immigrants. She said this at the launch of the Delta plan for integration, Sp!ts reports. "It is ridiculous, hundreds of thousands of people want to learn the language, yet the classrooms are empty and teachers are being dismissed. The classrooms will be filled again in January, I'll make sure of that." Vogelaar's aim is to have 60,000 people integrate each year.

A museum in Gouda has offered to exhibit the controversial photos from Iranian artist Sooreh Hera that have been refused by the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. "Art must not be refused on political grounds," says Ranti Tjan, director of MuseumgoudA in Trouw. The photos show two homosexual men wearing masks of the prophet Mohammed and his son-in-law. Tjan says that Gouda has a long tradition of tolerance. "In the 16th century this was the only city in the Netherlands where no altar pieces were destroyed. Catholics and Protestants accepted each other."

"I felt a minor jolt, but didn't see anything else," says the 61-year-old woman who hit an 8-year-old boy last weekend with her car and dragged his body several kilometres. The woman talks to the AD on Tuesday. The "gruesome discovery" has turned her life upside down, she says. The woman says that she was not under the influence at the time of the accident. "I don't drink alcohol at all." According to the reconstruction of the incident by the AD the woman must have dragged the boy's body under her car for 12.5 km, part of the way on the motorway.

The Telegraaf reports that there will be no train service in the northern part of the country next week. This is because Arriva, which operates train service in Friesland and Groningen, has refused to sign a contract with rail infrastructure manager ProRail. The company will therefore not have permission to operate trains. The refusal stems from dissatisfaction with the work carried out by ProRail. "We are tired of having to sign one-sided contracts with ProRail, in which we are committed to all sorts of things while ProRail is not required to do anything."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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