Morning newspapers – 9 October 2007

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Poor study choices by students and study programmes that are not geared to the needs of the labour market cost the Netherlands EUR 16 billion a year, The Telegraaf writes. These calculations were published by the National Denktank (the National Think tank). Students who abandon a study programme midway and start a new one make use of the student grants for longer. Money is spent on studies that are not completed and hence the investment proves pointless.

Poor study choices by students and study programmes that are not geared to the needs of the labour market cost the Netherlands EUR 16 billion a year, The Telegraaf writes. These calculations were published by the National Denktank (the National Think tank). Students who abandon a study programme midway and start a new one make use of the student grants for longer. Money is spent on studies that are not completed and hence the investment proves pointless.

The General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) is conducting an investigation into the possible brainwashing practices at Islamic primary schools, The Telegraaf writes. These primary schools have affiliations with radical mosques.  The lessons in which "radical Islamic viewpoints" are taught, are reportedly taking place outside the regular school hours.

"Internet beats out the therapist", is the headline in the AD. For individuals suffering from light depression help via the internet is more effective than traditional group sessions, and the costs are much lower. These are the findings of Viola Spek, who will shortly complete her PhD research on the effectiveness of online self help. Help via the internet reduces the workload of GPs and therapists.

Singer Anouk has fired her backing band after they expressed criticism of her latest album "Who's Your Momma", the AD reports. The album was recorded in Los Angeles with American musicians. The Dutch band that tours with Anouk was not enthusiastic when they heard the recordings. "One day later Anouk sent us an e-mail telling us we were fired, " drummer Hans Eijkenaar said. He feels that the singer cannot handle criticism. "We are not paying lip service: we just give an honest answer when we are asked something."

Tens of thousands of members of online friend network Hyves no longer want to be spied upon and have therefore screened the profile site off to unknown visitors, the Volkskrant reports. Hyves has provided this option since summer. "The opportunity to spy on the neighbours" for curious internet users has been reduced. Seventy-thousand Hyvers have blocked their profile during the past few months.
 
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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