Press Review 1 February 2008

1st February 2008, Comments 0 comments

A roundup of the day's press from Radio Netherlands.

AD runs the headline: ‘Peter R. de Vries crime journalist claims to have solved the Holloway case’. The well-known plans to reveal all in his television programme on Sunday. But until then punters will have to make do with snippets on his website.
Case solved
AD quotes the current affairs programme NOVA which says Joran van de Sloot gives a full confession recorded on a hidden camera. Apparently Natalee died accidentally and Joran got rid of the body. Mr de Vries' source is an Aruban man who met Joran in a Dutch casino. The new evidence has been handed over to the Aruban authorities. After seeing the footage the Aruban prosecutor says: "It's clear that this is the first time he confesses to someone."
AD prints a photograph on its front page of Mr de Vries meeting Natalee Holloway's mother, Beth Twitty, at Schiphol Airport, who will be staying in the Netherlands until after the programme has been broadcast. De Telegraaph, which also leads on this story, places large photos of Natalee and Joran alongside each other.
Since the press conference Mr de Vries has been inundated with attention from American television networks. "It's a madhouse," he says.
Greenhouse revolution
De Volkskrant prints a picture of a woman in a tomato greenhouse lit up with red lighting. Apparently this is a revolution in greenhouse technology. Tomato growers are experimenting with red and blue lighting to see the effect on their product. According to the spokesperson for the lighting company, "everywhere in the sector, people are waiting to see the results of this experiment."
Traditional yellow lighting gives off a lot of unwanted heat, but red lighting stimulates photosynthesis - the process by which a plant turns light into energy; and blue lighting is good for the formation of the bunch.
The new technology could save growers up to 80 percent on their electricity bills and there is less ‘light pollution’. However, it costs more than twice the amount to install the revolutionary LED lighting. And the other disadvantage is that you cannot actually see whether the tomatoes have turned red yet. So harvesting has to be done in daylight.
Unnecessary rituals
De Volkskrant reports on nurses carrying out a lot of unnecessary rituals, some of which could actually be detrimental to the patient's health. Many of the things nurses do routinely are really only done because it's routine. Take shaving a patient before an operation; studies back in 1980 showed that this increases the chance of infection rather than reduces it.
A spokesperson for a nursing expertise centre says: "The available knowledge is often not applied." In total the centre has counted 19 senseless rituals. One of them is inserting a gastric tube after a stomach operation, which is painful and can lead to complications. Restraining patients does not make any difference to the number of falls either, but it does worsen the condition of a patient.
Street youths
Trouw reports on a course to teach residents how to deal with youths on street corners. It's called the Judo approach. Unless you're built like a boxer, it's no use reacting aggressively. So according to street culture expert Hans Kaldenbach it's better to be more relaxed and use a bit of humour to disarm a young culprit when he's acting out of order.
Residents in Amsterdam have taken to leaving a packet of crisps with a friendly note asking them to clear up afterwards. And a woman in Utrecht says about the youths that used to throw fireworks through her letterbox: "Now I know their names and say hello."
Poetry lost
Trouw reports that yesterday was Poetry Day. To mark the event Poetry International organised a ‘museum of poetry’, letting 12 poets loose in Utrecht station's lost and found depot. The ode to a lost teddy, boxer's glove or odd sock was then placed in a glass case in the station's central hall with the poem. The organisers say the poetry, which was also read out to passengers, reached an incredible 500,000 to a million people.
One poet commented on how surprised he was at what he saw: "You name it and someone has lost it." Bath rugs, ties, artificial breasts, someone even left his artificial leg behind in protest of the bad service. Poet Wim T. Schippers couldn't find anything and starts his poem: ‘People have so many things...’

[Copyright Radio Netherlands 2008]

Subject: Dutch news 

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