RNW Press Review, Wednesday 9 July 2008
Catch the news in brief from the roundup of today’s press from Radio Netherlands.9 July 2008
University students favour Donald Duck magazines
The results of the latest national survey of Dutch university students have been released and several papers cover the story. "Donald Duck favourite reading material for students" headlines the mass circulation De Telegraaf,
AD goes with "Students want Donald Duck" while De Volkskrant's snide and rather sour headline is "Students prefer Donald Duck to the grown-up Volkskrant"
De Volkskrant continues: "Ahhh, long ago, you went to university, lived in a student room, didn't work and took out a subscription to the Volkskrant because you were a student and you were a leftie. Alas, no longer!"
The left-wing paper then gives us the results: 43 percent of students still live at home, 86 percent have a part-time job and the most popular magazine is the Donald Duck.
In second place is a television guide published by a popular commercial station.
AD interviews one university student and Donald Duck reader who says: "It's a really funny magazine. There are so many wonderful jokes in it that kids don't get, but adults really enjoy".
Smart students to be in separate classes
Trouw focuses on a different aspect of Dutch education, reporting that 20 Dutch primary schools and one junior school will have separate classes for highly intelligent students in the coming school year.
The paper writes that the Leonardo programme - named after Leonardo da Vinci - provides students with an IQ of 130 or higher with a special programme tailored to their needs.
The programme’s initiator says: "there's a great deal of interest, I get calls from all over the country every day. Highly intelligent children learn differently and they need to be taught in a completely different manner from ordinary children."
Amsterdam police seek help of citizens
De Telegraaf's lead story covers the launch of the Amsterdam police force's programme calling on ordinary citizens to help the police catch robbers.
The police have launched a website with the details of the latest robberies and photographs of suspected criminals.
Amsterdammers can sign up and get e-mail and text message alerts when a new robbery has taken place so they can check the site and see if they know who done it.
The paper interviews Bernard Welten, chief of police in the Dutch capital, who says: "At the beginning of 2008, I became seriously worried about the increase in the number of robberies and created a special team to find new ways to catch thieves. This website is just one of the new initiatives.
“If people see something suspicious, they should call the police. Masked men in a shop should be regarded as suspicious".
Wage gap between man and woman narrows
The annual salary index has just been published and according to De Volkskrant, "women are closing the salary gap". However, the news is not as positive as it first appears as the paper goes on to report that men still earn 11.8 percent more than women for doing the same job and that in some jobs the gap widens to 15.7 percent.
The paper writes that it is an improvement over 2006 when the wage difference averaged 18 percent.
According to a consultant with the company that compiles the index, "it seems obvious that companies are paying more attention to equal pay for men and women".
Girls over 12 to get vaccine against cervical cancer
AD reports that Public Health Minister Ab Klink has decided that as of 2009, all girls over the age of 12 will be able to get vaccinated against cervical cancer.
At the same time, a catch up vaccination programme for girls between the age of 13 and 16 will also be launched.
AD writes that the human papilloma virus (HPV) is responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancer cases. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease and the vaccine must be given before a girl becomes sexually active.
Around 600 new cases of cervical cancer are reported in the Netherlands every year and between 200 and 250 women die from the disease annually. The vaccination programme will cost about EUR 30 million per year.
Music for the dead
"Marco Borsato much loved guest at funerals" headlines AD above its coverage of the top 50 songs for a funeral. A leading Dutch funeral company published its top 50 songs that Dutch people play at funerals and Dutch superstar Marco Borsato has two numbers in the top five.
At number one is Borsato's hit The Water. The Dutch singer also comes in at number four with There's No Such Thing As Goodbye.
[Radio Netherlands / Jacqueline Carver / Expatica]