Morning newspapers – 23 May 2007

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De Volkskrant, "A mild death sometimes too early"

De Volkskrant

"A mild death sometimes too early"

Doctors sometimes wrongly offer their patients palliative sedation instead of euthanasia, says Reina de Valk, chairperson of the five regional euthanasia review commissions. The commissions' annual report for 2006 will be published today.

Politician De Jager knew Lundqvist

State secretary for Finance Jan Kees de Jager (Christian democrat CDA) does in fact know Amandus Lundqvist. De Jager recently commissioned Lundqvist to conduct an "independent inquiry" into his (de Jager's) violations of labour law before taking office. Last week De Jager said that he had "never met" Lundqvist.


Mixing of black schools promotes integration

Attempts by native Dutch parents to balance out the ethnic composition of predominantly "black" schools have been a success. The percentage of pupils of ethnic minority background at a number of schools in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague has been halved. The number of parent initiatives in this area is increasing.

Emotional counselling for hostages

Former students of the primary school in Bovensmilde who were held hostage by Moluccans 30 years ago can apply for psychological counselling. Former hostages often suffer from emotional problems and it can take years to work through their traumatic experiences.


Medical records on a card

Anyone who needs medical treatment while abroad arrives at the hospital or doctor empty-handed since all their medical records are in the Netherlands. The medstick could change all that: it is a card on which your whole medical file can be stored. This would also be handy in the Netherlands, says Serge Willems, who came up with the idea.

Het Financieele Dagblad

Nutreco buys Canadian feed company

Nutreco is consolidating its position with the acquisition of the animal feed division of Canadian Maple Leaf. It will pay EUR 330 million for the company. The business is about half way to achieving its projected increase in turnover, says CEO Wout Dekker.

British cable will lower electricity prices

A new underwater power connection between the Netherlands and the UK could push down prices in the Netherlands. The Anglo-Dutch cable, dubbed BritNed, will be 260 kilometres long, cost EUR 600 million, and should be ready by the end of 2010. Tennet, the manager of the Dutch national grid, and its British counterpart (National Grid) announced this on Tuesday.

Nederlands Dagblad

PvdA pushes for quick divorce

Labour PvdA MP Bouchibti and her Liberal VVD colleague Teeven want to allow quick divorces in some cases. This would allow couples to divorce without taking the case to court.

School may not require handshakes

A Christian school may not require parents to shake hands. Pupils can be required to attend school camp. The Equal Treatment Commission (CGB) decided this after a request from a Protestant school in Schoonhoven. The CGB felt that the requirement to shake hands was mainly targeting Islamic parents who might object to shaking hands with someone of the opposite sex.

De Telegraaf

Legionella death after blunder

Because of a technical error at the Haga Hospital in The Hague, the 78-year-old woman who died of legionnaire's disease on Monday had not been warned last week about the contamination at the wing where she was being housed.

"Radar system" monitors serial criminals

Over the past few years the police have been secretly developing a "big brother" system that allows them to keep an eye on criminals from day to day. This gives police a national overview of crime and suspects on a daily basis.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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