Morning newspapers – 4 October 2007

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More traffic should be expected on motorways around Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Arnhem in the coming years. The Directorate for Public Works and Water Management has renovated eleven bridges on these roads which have become worn down sooner than expected, the AD reports. The rapid wear and tear is the result of growing passenger and freight traffic. Heavier lorries in particular have caused more wear than was anticipated when the bridge was designed.

More traffic should be expected on motorways around Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Arnhem in the coming years. The Directorate for Public Works and Water Management has renovated eleven bridges on these roads which have become worn down sooner than expected, the AD reports. The rapid wear and tear is the result of growing passenger and freight traffic. Heavier lorries in particular have caused more wear than was anticipated when the bridge was designed.

Ehsan Jami, chairman of the committee for former Muslims, is encountering less support in the PvdA. The AD reports that Jami, a city councillor in Leidschendam-Voorburg, has lost charge of the integration portfolio there because of an opinion piece in the Volkskrant last week in which he compared the prophet Mohammed to Hitler. Various party members think Jami should be expelled form the party.

Jami will not be permitted to hold a speech at the PvdA conference this Saturday as he has requested. Only MPs and members of the party executive will speak, says interim party chairman Ruud Koole. The text of Jami's speech has now been printed in the Volkskrant. In the piece Jami says that the PvdA underestimates the danger of radical Islam. He says PvdA Integration Minister Vogelaar's plan to promote a positive view of Islam is extremely "naïve."

The Telegraaf writes about a visit judge Huub Willems, president of the Enterprise Chamber of the court in Amsterdam, took to New York some time ago. He travelled at the expense of law firm NautaDutilh. What is interesting is that NautaDutilh are the house lawyers for ABN AMRO, while Willems at the time still had to rule on a case that the Investors' Association had brought against ABN AMRO.

One in three dogs is overweight, the GPD papers report on World Animal Day. "People think that such an animal should be a bit round and fat. But you should be able to feel a dog's ribs," says veterinarian Gerty Speelman. With the headline "Your own cat as a handbag," Trouw devotes coverage on the front page to an exhibit at the Historic Museum in Rotterdam. The exhibit shows how animals have been worked into clothing, trophies, art, and practical objects for centuries.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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