RNW Press Review, Tuesday 24 June 2008
Catch the news in brief from the roundup of today’s press from Radio Netherlands.
24 June 2008
Cash handouts for congestion problems?
Traffic jams are a fact of life in the Netherlands as are working groups and government advisory bodies devoted to solving the traffic problems. AD reports that the Mobility Management Task Force, created by Transport Minister Camiel Eurlings, has come up with several recommendations to help reduce congestion, including increasing compensation for people who move closer to their place of work from EUR 5,400 to a maximum of EUR 25,000.
One task force member says that EUR 5,000 is not much of an inducement to move house but, "multiply that by five and I guarantee that more people will take the plunge".
The task force also recommends a number of fiscal measures to stimulate working from home and improve public transport so that people take the train more often.
De Telegraaf reports that bio-diesel has gone on sale for the first time in the Netherlands from a petrol station in the town of Buurse, located on the Dutch-German border. The paper carries a photo of a smiling motorist - something of a rarity these days given the price of fuel - filling up with bio-diesel made from old chip fat.
But it is no surprise that the motorist is smiling as bio-diesel is EUR 0.25 cents cheaper than ordinary diesel. The owner of the petrol station says: "You might expect to work up an appetite while filling up, but it doesn't smell like chips".
Tips for tourists heading for Beijing Olympics
The Beijing Olympics are almost upon us and many Dutch people will be going to China to support the national squad. Language will be a problem and there are numerous Dutch-Chinese dictionaries on the market.
NRC.next reports on the publication of satirical guide to the Chinese language by well-known Dutch author Kees 't Hart and his son Jan. 't Hart says the book, entitled Essential Chinese for Dutch Olympians, Supporters and Big Shots, is a satire but is also "extremely useful ".
The book does have numerous important words such as 'please', 'thank you' and 'no, I don't want any tea' as well as 'where can I report human rights violations" and 'see you in Tibet'.
The publisher offered to give the book as a gift to all the Dutch competitors but the Olympic committee refused the offer.
Dutch dreams of sporting glory have turned into nightmares: the national team has been knocked out of the European football Championships and Robin Haase was knocked out in the first round of Wimbledon on Monday.
However, many Dutch people are still surrounded by orange-coloured pennants, flags and all sorts of orange tat, bought in order to wave, blow and make a noise with in order to support Dutch competitors.
Orange is the national colour, and the royal house is known as the House of Orange.
AD urges Dutch supporters not to throw that stuff away, as many of the orange gadgets will work just fine at the Olympics.
The paper writes that many of the orange-articles were designed so they could be used to support any sport and quotes one company spokesperson as saying, "Blowing a horn is always a good way to support the team, it doesn't matter if it's football or not".
[Radio Netherlands / Jacqueline Carver / Expatica]
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