Weekly Highlight: 02.10.2007

Netherlands: people wants to work less… but do they want to get less pay as well? Hmmmm….

Half workforce wants part-time job
Tuesday 02 October 2007

More than half the Dutch workforce (57%) would like to work part-time and some 25% actually do so, according to new research from temp agency Randstad.
Some 42% of men would like to work less, but only 13% officially have part-time jobs. Four out of 10 people in managerial positions would also like to cut their hours.
Randstad defines part-time jobs as those which consist of between 24 and 34 working hours a week.

Norway:

Several rapes reported in Oslo
First published: 01 Oct 2007, 13:57

Another wave of rapes and attempted rapes rolled over the capital during the weekend. Police haven’t had time to deal with them all.
One person is charged in one of the case, while police were tracking unknown assailants in three other cases.
Police were looking for connections among the rapes, and whether they may involve a suspected rapist from Lithuania. Vytautas Grabstas, age 24, is sought in connection with a rape in Drammen last Friday.

German:

Skinheads Beat Up Three Greeks in Eastern Berlin
October 01, 2007

A group of around 12 Germans with shaven heads attacked and beat up two Greek waiters and a Greek barmaid on Saturday night in eastern Berlin, shouting “Piss off you shit foreigners.”
A police spokesman said 11 men and one woman had been detained. Some of them face charges of bodily harm, disturbing the peace and robbery.
Racist attacks on foreigners occur frequently in eastern Germany, prompting anti-racist campaigners and the Central Council of Jews in Germany to warn that parts of the region are becoming “no-go” areas for ethnic minorities.

Sweden:

Swedish politicians ‘covered hotel room in poo’
Published: 2nd October 2007 08:42 CET

Hotel staff in Brussels are accusing senior members of the youth wing of Sweden’s Social Democratic Party of leaving a bedroom covered in human poo and paying a chambermaid only €50 to clear it up.
Staff at the Hotel van Belle in Brussels say the incident happened when 23 senior members of the youth party stayed there in June, according to Expressen.
“There were faeces on the carpet, on the toilet door, on the external door, on the chair and on the wall,” receptionist Rashid bin Hach told Expressen. The Swedes paid €50 to clean the room, which took two and a half hours.

Denmark:

Kudos and knocks to nation’s healthcare
02.10.2007 Print article (IE & NS 4+)
 
The annual assessment of the EU countries’ healthcare systems gave Denmark high overall marks for this year but revealed some serious concerns.
Denmark’s healthcare system is the best in the European Union when it comes to patient rights, providing information, and user-friendliness, according to the annual Euro Health Consumer Index (EHCI) assessment of EU countries.
Overall, Denmark’s healthcare system came ninth out of the 29 countries that comprise the EU.
But it wasn’t all good news in the annual assessment conducted by Swedish analysis firm Health Consumer Powerhouse, Europe’s largest provider of consumer information on healthcare. In three of the five EHCI primary indicator fields, the study determined Denmark was in need of serious improvement.
The country scored poorly with regard to waiting periods, outcomes of medical procedures and, ironically, pharmaceuticals – despite Denmark being home to several leading international pharmaceutical companies.
The study was particularly critical of the country’s cancer treatment procedures. Denmark was rated as ‘poor’ in the sub-categories of cancer therapy procedures within 21-days, cancer five-year survival rates, and the deployment of new cancer drugs.
The country’s record on major surgeries also took a beating, as below average marks were given to the performance of major non-acute operations within 90 days, and avoidable deaths/potential years lost from treatment and diagnoses.

Finland: no no to corporal punishment, hmmm….

Fewer Finns Support Corporal Punishment for Kids
Published 27.09.2007, 09.57

Attitudes towards the corporal punishment of children have become more negative in Finland, according to a survey by the Central Union of Child Welfare.
The survey shows that 26 percent of Finns approve of physical discipline in childrearing. This figure is down from previous studies. However, there is still cause for concern.
“An extremely worrying point in this survey is that ten percent of respondents felt that kicking or punching a child did not amount to violence,” says Finland’s Ombudsman for Children Maria-Kaisa Aula.
Women tend to get more physical with children than men, even though their attitudes towards corporal punishment were more negative. However, this is mostly likely due to the fact that women are almost always the primary care-givers, and spend more time with their children.
Aula has called for teachers and health care professionals to be more vigilant in spotting signs of abuse and getting involved.

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