Morning newspapers - 4 January 2007
AD/Haagsche Courant, Prosecution has Holleeder in a bind
Prosecution has Holleeder in a bind
Thefts in building industry push housing prices up
Construction sites are like gold for thieves and builders who also work black for cash-in-hand payments. According to the homebuyers association Vereniging Eigen Huis, construction sites are so poorly guarded that almost everything disappears from them.
Netherlands subsidises pollution in China
The Dutch government is contributing to the continued operations of two badly polluting chemicals factories in China. The Chinese factories were given funding as a reward for cleaning up their production. The Dutch government wants to help China reduce its pollution, but critics claim the factories have been too heavily rewarded.
The New Year was not so peaceful
The turn of the new year was not peaceful at all, the chief of police in Gelderland-Zuid, Henk van Zwam has said. His comments contradicted statements from various other police regions that the New Year's celebrations passed off smoothly, despite several violent incidents and arrests. Van Zwam pointed out that a large amount of fireworks, stones and bottles were thrown at police. In Norway, meanwhile, there are increasing calls for a ban on fireworks.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Private equity still in the race for Organon
Chemicals company Akzo Nobel is in talks with private equity parties over the sale of its pharmaceuticals subsidiary Organon.
Government takes action against medical check-ups
The Healthcare Inspectorate (IGZ) has launched a campaign against firms that offer medical check-ups. Ten firms have been issued a letter by the IGZ informing them that certain check-ups require a permit.
Diesel and LPG again popular
More and more motorists in the Netherlands are switching to cheaper fuels such as diesel and LPG because the rise and fall in petrol prices are almost impossible to keep pace with.
Pre-Christmas Sunday opening failed
The Sunday trading before Christmas only cost supermarkets money, figures from market research bureau GfK have indicated. Despite the large number of shoppers (560,000), the shoppers scarcely bought anything.
Spectacular rise in sponsor children
Christian development and humanitarian aid organisations received many more requests than expected for the 'financial adoption' of poor Third World children last year. Many organisations said the rise in the number of sponsored children could be measured in dozens of percent.
Groningen tackles poverty
The province of Groningen is investigating measures aimed reducing poverty in the north of the country. Research has revealed that almost one-third of the province's population has difficulty making ends meet.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news