Dutch news in brief, Friday 17 October 2008
Find out what’s the latest news in the Netherlands in the roundup of today’s press from Radio Netherlands.17 October 2008
Amsterdam mayor tackles Moroccan youths
Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen met with representatives from the Moroccan community to discuss how to tackle problem youths.
Trouw reports on a meeting at Podium Mozaïek cultural centre, which was called after Moroccan youths threatened ambulance staff attending a boy with stab wounds. At the time, Mayor Cohen said: "many of our Moroccan boys are causing problems."
His comments were greeted by mixed reactions and a survey revealed that only 14 percent of Dutch people in Amsterdam have a positive image of Moroccans.
The question being asked was how to tackle the problem: do we get tough or try the soft approach. Everyone agreed, criminals should be arrested and punished.
But a local resident touched the hearts of the 300-strong audience with her plea to keep talking to the young people. "I call them to account for the things they do, and they listen to me."
Six soldiers awarded bravery medals
Six soldiers who served in Afghanistan have been awarded a medal for bravery in Arnhem.
De Telegraaf prints a photograph of the parents of first class soldier Wesley Schol speaking to Commander-in-chief Peter van Uhm, who lost his own son in Afghanistan in April. Wesley Schol was killed in friendly fire in January trying to save a wounded comrade in Deh Rawod. NATO had already posthumously decorated the soldier for his bravery.
Since 1941, 2000 Merit Crosses have been awarded.
Many soldiers are modest about their bravery saying: "I was just doing my job." However, research shows that it's not for Queen and country that they risk their lives, but for their mates.
Lorry drivers sceptical to more mirrors
After statistics revealed that adding blind spot mirrors on lorries have not reduced the number of fatalities, lorry drivers are being asked to add another mirror to be able to see what is directly in front of their cabs. The blind spot mirrors were introduced in 2003, but the average number of cyclists killed when they pull up next to a lorry turning right is actually higher at 15 per year.
According to AD newspaper, lorry drivers are sceptical, which asked a few of them what they thought.
"You can do what you like," says one lorry driver, "it will always be dangerous".
Road safety organisations have alternative ideas. They want to see cyclists informed about where not to stand when next to a lorry or a ban on lorries in inner cities altogether. A transport organisation spokesperson says: "We should watch out that we don't end up with a forest of mirrors on the front of the cab."
Lego world opens Thursday
Autumn half term is about to begin for many school children in the Netherlands this week. And where better to go than Lego World which opened in Zwolle on Thursday.
But according to De Telegraaf you don't have to be a kid to enjoy playing with the popular building bricks. The paper photographs a 78-year-old grandmother joining in the fun.
[Radio Netherlands / Nicola Chadwick / Expatica]