RNW Press Review, Monday 23 June 2008
Catch the news in brief from the roundup of today’s press from Radio Netherlands.23 June 2008
‘Sugar tsunami’ warning
AD leads with the headline that there are already “A million diabetics in our country.” The Netherlands National Institute for Health and the Environment (RIVM) estimates that the number of diabetics is rising by nearly 45,000 a year, and that is not including 28,000 deaths from the ailment.
Also, the average age at which people contract Diabetes type 2 has dropped from 70 in the early 1990s to 55 today. In the United States it’s already fallen to 35. Most cases are caused by “being overweight, lack of movement and an unhealthy lifestyle”.
Doctor Joost Hoekstra, a diabetes specialist at the Amsterdam Medical Centre says it is “sad and unacceptable” that an illness which can be prevented by common sense is spreading so fast. He says there should be a sort of Delta Plan (the scheme that saw the construction of the Netherlands modern sea defences) to turn the tide.
Prison guards fear for their own safety
Trouw writes that prison warders at the Biljmer prison in Amsterdam fear for their own safety. The warders have written a letter to a local television station saying that more than 80 percent of prison personnel disagree with a new daily schedule for inmates which drastically reduces the amount of time they can spend outside their cells.
The warders say inmates have gotten more aggressive since the timetable was introduced at the beginning of June. “There’s more verbal aggression and prisoners also don’t hesitate to use violence against personnel.”
A spokesperson for the Justice Ministry pointed out that changes in the schedule were legal. Also, an evaluation of the new programme will be carried out after four months.
Netherlands’ wealthiest family is also its greenest
The free newspaper De Pers writes about the Netherlands’ wealthiest family, the Brenninkmeijers, who have invested billions of euros in the development of green technologies.
The June issue of the Wealth Bulletin lists Europe’s top ten green moguls. Marcel Brenninkmeijer, a member of the family behind clothing retailer C&A, came in second place.
The paper writes that Brenninkmeijer decided to set up a green investment fund during his buying trips to “the world’s dirtiest cities”, adding that: “The scion of the old textile family saw that it couldn’t continue this way any longer.”
In 2000, he convinced his family to give him the capital to launch a green investment fund and today ‘Good Energies’ has around EUR five billion invested in solar and wind energy companies.
Good Energies was the first to invest in the German solar company Q-Cells, now the world’s largest producer of solar panels.
Large orange soccer ball disrupts train service
On Sunday afternoon there were again disruptions to the train service in the Netherlands. People travelling between The Hague, Amsterdam and Utrecht were forced to take buses or travel by round-about routes. Today’s De Telegraaf explains what happened:
“An enormous orange soccer ball disrupted train service between The Hague and Utrecht for hours. The huge soccer ball - which had a diameter of ten metres and carried the already outdated text ‘the Netherlands: European champions’ - floated off the roof of the Bastion Hotel in Zoetermeer. Fierce winds blew it dozens of metres onto the rails.
At around 14.30, the intercity to Gouda arrived and the engine driver was unable to break on time for the deflating ball.”
[Radio Netherlands / Frank Scimone / Expatica]
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