Dutch news in brief, Friday 22 May 2009

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Read the roundup of today's Dutch press from Radio Netherlands.

Cars often used as deadly weapons
AD reports that the incident on Queen's Day in which Karst Tates ploughed into a group of people waiting behind crowd barriers was not an isolated incident.

A survey carried out by AD shows that cars have deliberately been used as weapons dozens of times over the past years.

In 2004, a disturbed woman tried to hit VVD party leader Jozias van Aartsen with her car, and in May 2009, an unidentified motorist drove his car into a group of young cyclists.

There have also been several incidents in which motorists tried to run over people assisting the police in directing traffic at major public events.

Kees d'Huy, head of the social security department at the renowned research institute TNO, argued for the creation of a data base which would allow for a systematic analysis of security incidents.

"Tates used a car as a weapon. We need to gain insight into the frequency of this type of occurrence. If it happens often, this must be taken into account in security arrangements".
Schiphol Airport to introduce 24/7 camera supervision
De Telegraaf reports Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport will introduce intensive 24/7 camera supervision in.

Dozens of border police and customs officers will be continuously monitoring everything that goes on at the airport. According to the paper, the introduction comes after three years of planning and preparation.

The extensive camera supervision system is seen as an additional tool in the fight against terrorism and major crime.

The CCTV cameras will first monitor public spaces, and be installed in closed areas later on such as the baggage handling system underneath the airport, which is often targeted by gangs of drug traffickers.

At present, airport police can only gain access to CCTV footage after the justice ministry has ordered Schiphol to release the surveillance tapes.

Health care institutions to train 5,000 young unemployed
De Volkskrant reports that Actiz, an organisation of nursing homes, home care organisations and maternity care organisations, wants to train 5,000 young unemployed people over the next two years.

In addition, they will offer another 1,000 job seekers the opportunity to retrain for jobs in health care.

Actiz Chair Han Noten said the main objective of the plan is to introduce young people to working in health care, and allow them to acquire skills and a diploma.

The sector also wants to modernise its training methods, including nursing homes with an in-house training centre, just like in university hospitals.

Health care institutions have a strong incentive to attract young workers; the ageing population is expected to lead to a shortage of more than 10,000 workers by the year 2012.
New blood test allows timely detection of colon cancer
Nrc.next writes that the Belgian-Dutch biotechnology company OncoMethylome

Sciences will soon introduce a blood test which will enable doctors to detect colon cancer at an early stage. The much less intrusive examination could also help persuade people to have themselves tested.

Director Herman Spolders said the market for his product is huge: “In Europe and the US we have about 200 million potential customers, if at least part of them have themselves tested regularly, we are talking about a market of EUR 1 billion."

Professor Ad Masclee of the Maastricht University Hospital said: "Most intestinal tumours are discovered in what we call stage 2 or 3, when they are already quite big. The prospects for those patients are not good. New technologies would allow us to detect tumours at stage 0 or 1. In that case, the survival rate would be 95 percent. There is enormous pressure to bring down the fatality rate for intestinal cancer. Nationwide screening could reduce mortality rates by 15 to 30 percent".

Each year, 10,000 cases of intestinal cancer are diagnosed in the Netherlands, and the figure is expected to rise to 13,000 in the coming years as a result of the ageing population.
Youngest Dutchman ever to climb Mt Everest calls mother from summit
 De Telegraaf published a photograph of 25-year-old Dutch mountaineer Erik Ravenstijn, the youngest Dutchman ever to climb Mt Everest.Erik, a student at the Delft Technical University.

Ravenstijn has been addicted to mountain climbing since age 15.

His brother Paul said: "Erik dreams of climbing the world's seven highest mountains, and has already climbed three".
According to De Telegraaf, Ravenstijn called his mother after reaching the summit to tell her the view was beautiful. The young climber is expected to arrive at base camp later today.
In 1990, René Bos was the first Dutch climber to conquer Mt Everest. On 13 May 1999, Katja Staartjes was the first female Dutch climber to reach the summit. 

Radio Netherlands / Georg Schreuder Hes / Expatica

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