The Morning Newspapers - 25 January 2007
AD/Haagsche Courant, Graver Penalties for Drinking and Driving
Graver Penalties for Drinking and Driving
Drivers caught for the second time driving with too much alcohol in their blood will immediately loose driving license. Now that the State Council seems to be enthusiastic about the new draft law, it will probably be presented in the Second Chamber of Parliament in a matter of weeks.
Julien C. Points at Two Suspects
The murder of Jesse Dingemans was in reality nothing but an attempt of two other men to settle their accounts, said Julien C., a witness in the case. The criminals made a mistake and killed the wrong victim, Julien C. claimed in his testimony.
Childcare Waiting Lists Problem Solved
The problem of waiting lists in childcare has been solved. Children on such lists will have to wait for a maximum of nine weeks now. The maximum waiting period was approved by State Secretary of Health Clèmence Ross in March last year.
The school building of the Sportcampus Leidsche Rijn in Utrecht is one of the eight nominees for the School Building Prize (Scholenbouwprijs) 2007. Two winners will be announced this afternoon, including a school with the most beautiful natural light and the most original design.
The front page of the nrc.next is empty today, with just one word on it: (ssst.). That is a link to the cover story devoted to the Poetry Day (Gedichtendag) titled “Poetry Relieves from Thinking”.
23-Year-Old Cabaretier Threatened
Ewout Jansen, a young comedian (cabaretier), aged 23, has received death threats from a group of Muslims. Jansen had reportedly used Muslims among the subjects of his jokes. According to Folia, Amsterdam University newspaper, the threats have been voiced by the Amsterdam Assiena Mosque spokesperson.
Floods Caused by Rivers
If we want to keep our feet dry we had better pay more attention to the water streaming in from the large rivers rather than the rising sea level, a UN reputable climate report says.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Siemens Charged Enormous Fines for Price Deals
The European Commission charged the German corporate group Siemens a heavy penalty of 417 million euros. The electronics manufacturer is accused of illegal price deals.
Pampered at Amsterdam Central Station
The Dutch railroad company NS opens a lounge for first class travellers today. The step is aimed at attracting more business clients.
Defence Ministry Goes Intimate
The Dutch Defence Ministry is currently conducting a survey among the partners of the military personnel. Among other things, the latter are reportedly being questioned on the intimate details of their love life.
Dutch travellers to France, Germany and the Alps experienced serious difficulties due to the heavy snowfall yesterday.
Medical Examiners Blind to Murder Cases
Some murder cases are not recognized due to the ignorance of medical examiners, experts are alarmed. Many medical examiners are not properly trained to detect whether the person was murdered. “Some medical examiners don’t follow the subject’s history and don’t even undress the body”', Kees Das, chairman of the Medical Forensic Association, said.
Lawyers Allowed to Fight for Clients
Lawyers are allowed to advertise more aggressively to attract clients. They now have the green light to draw clients over from their colleagues.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news