Video: Dutch news roundup, 12 September 2010

Video: Dutch news roundup, 12 September 2010

12th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

A rarely seen Rembrandt goes on display in Amsterdam; Joran van der Sloot makes a confession from prison; and anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders sets off for New York City for the anniversary of 9/11.

Rembrandt's finest painting

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is home to more than 1000 precious works of art. The collection includes a number of well-known works by the most famous 17th-century Dutch painter, Rembrandt van Rijn. But some of Rembrandt's paintings are in private hands, including the portrait of Jan Six, one of the artist's friends and financial backers.

Jan Six's portrait is widely considered one of Rembrandt's finest paintings and it still belongs to the Six family. The painting has been displayed in public only a handful of times, but this week it is hanging in the Rijksmuseum as part of an agreement between the Six family and the city of Amsterdam.

Murder suspect's confession

Dutchman Joran van der Sloot  made the headlines once again this week with an interview he gave to the RTL broadcasting company. Van der Sloot is currently behind bars in the infamous Castro-Castro prison in Lima, Peru. He is accused of killing a young woman named Stephany Flores, who was found dead in his hotel room.

Joran van der Sloot is also the main suspect in the disappearance of US teenager Natalee Holloway, who vanished after a night out on the island of Aruba, in 2005. In a surprise revelation in front of the cameras, Van der Sloot admitted to promising the Holloway family information on the location of Natalee's body in exchange for cash.

Learning how to fall

A Dutch safety organisation wants elementary school children to be given lessons on how to fall over without seriously injuring themselves. In "fall lessons" the children train with experts who teach them to, for instance, roll over their shoulders when hitting the ground instead of holding out their arm and spraining their wrist. The safety group says these fall lessons could potentially halve the number of wrist, ankle and skull injures among children.

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