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Dutch news in brief, 2 August 2004

Campaign to recruit male childcare workers

An unofficial campaign has been launched in the Netherlands to recruit more men into the childcare sector. The Netherlands Institute for Care and Welfare claims more male personnel are needed to prevent boys from developing behavioural problems in later life, Radio Netherlands reported on Monday. Amsterdam University childcare professor L. Tavecchio argued that men and women have their own styles of nurturing and has called for balance, saying: “A boy needs an example to become an adult man”. It is alleged that boys often get criticised by female workers who regard them as being too rowdy. At present, only 1 percent of childcare workers are men.

Rotterdam Airport gains extra hour

State Secretary Melanie Schultz has given definite approval for Rotterdam Airport to stay open an hour longer each day. Instead of 11pm, the airport can in future continue operating until midnight to allow more planes to land. The airport had requested an extra hour of operating time to boost the regional economy and stimulate jobs growth.

Jewish synagogue daubed in swastikas

The roof of a synagogue of the Jewish community in Hengelo has been defaced with swastikas. Offensive words were also painted onto the synagogue. The incident occurred on Sunday, but police went public about the vandalism on Monday. The secretary of the Jewish community is “severely disconcerted” by the crime and police are calling for witnesses to come forward.

National soccer coaches officially presented

The Dutch football association KNVB officially appointed former international stars Marco van Basten and John van ‘t Schip as the successors of former national soccer coach Dick Advocaat on Monday. Van Basten will be the new head of staff, Van ‘t Schip his first assistant. The KNVB had already agreed terms with Ajax, where both men were in charge of the second team.

ADSL outstrips cable for first time

ADSL internet connections now outnumber the amount of cable intent connections in the Netherlands for the first time, research bureau Heliview has said. Among the households that have internet, 30 percent use a cable connection, while 32 percent now have ADSL. The current number of cable users is stable compared with the end of 2003, but the number of ADSL users has increased 8 percent.
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Subject: Dutch news