Morning newspapers – 9 March 2007
AD/Haagsche Courant, Police tackle motorists on phone
Police tackle motorists on phone
The police will start an offensive this year to stop motorists from using the mobile phone while driving without using a hand-free device. Justice traffic official Koos Spee says motorists calling without hands-free have a much greater chance of getting caught.
Restaurants throw out 25 pc of food
The approximately 10,000 restaurants in the Netherlands throw out 25 to 35 percent of the food they buy in. Most of what is thrown out is vegetables and fruit, followed by bread, potatoes and rice, meat and fish.
Inspectorate should have stopped Probo Koala
The Transport and Water Management Inspectorate should have taken action against the ship the Probo Koala last year when the captain of the vessel refused to have the chemical waste on board processed in Amsterdam. The government prosecutor came to this conclusion. Parliament had asked that the prosecutor investigate the matter.
Tensions run high in Parliament
After an hour and a half of harsh verbal attacks on MPs of ethnic background from PVV leader Geert Wilders, GroenLinks faction leader Femke Halsema had had enough. "You leave my MPs alone," she snapped at him. "I'll eat you for breakfast."
Parliament outraged at Wilders
Few parliamentary debates are as vicious and targeted as the one in Parliament on Thursday. SGP leader Bas van der Vlies said many MPs felt extremely uncomfortable.
Double Dutch victory at the World Championship
After the world all round title, Sven Kramer and Ireen Wüst have now also taken world distance titles. Kramer won first in the five-kilometre speed-skating at the opening day of the World Championship in Salt Lake City yesterday. Wüst opened the tournament with a first place in the 1,500-metre.
Complaints about studies
Three hours a week of instruction from lecturers, exams that "accidentally" happen to be open book, and fourth-year students who are almost entirely in charge of advising younger students. Second year students in the Pedagogical Social Work (SPH) programme at the Hogeschool of Rotterdam (HvR) say the situation there is a mess.
Bonus for murderer
Convicted murderer and rapist Khalid Salah was granted damages of EUR 2,500 by the Dutch state. The Algerian is serving a 20-year sentence for the robbery and murder of a French couple in 1997.
Het Financieele Dagblad
ECB counts on robust growth in euro-zone
The European Central Bank (ECB) has raised its growth prognoses for 2007 and 2008. For the medium and long term the ECB predicts a danger of inflation because of high wage costs and significant growth in credit.
No support for motion from Wilders
Not a single faction in Parliament supported the motion from Geert Wilders on the "Arib problem."
Wilders' motion called on the Labour MP to choose between her seat in Parliament or her participation on an advisory committee in Morocco.
Water too expensive for the poor
The price of drinking water is rising drastically and has become unaffordable in poor countries. The price increase has less to do with global warming than with the population growth in developing countries.
Endangered fish off the shelves?
Albert Heijn and Super de Boer are considering stopping the sale of sole and plaice. The North Sea fish are so endangered because of over-fishing that the supermarkets wonder whether it is responsible to continue to sell them.
"The aim of the Bloods is to grow stronger"
Youth in disadvantaged neighbourhoods say that red is dominating their street scene. Red is the fighting colour of the youth gang the Bloods, and blue is that of the rival gang the Crips.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news