RNW Press Review, Friday 13 June 2008

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Catch the news in brief from the roundup of today’s press from Radio Netherlands.

13 June 2008

Cancer patients may become infertile
Today's AD reports on research carried out by the Leiden university hospital, which shows that each year around 2,000 women suffering from cancer become unnecessarily infertile.

The research focussed on women with breast and cervical cancer, bone tumours and Hodgkin's disease. Many of these patients are not informed about the possible consequences of chemo and radiation therapy and fail to take protective measures.

Gynaecologists Carina Hilders and Ina Beerendonk have therefore decided to set up a national consortium of four to five IVF clinics which are to specialise in safeguarding the fertility of cancer patients. They say: "This should end the ignorance about cancer treatment and preservation of fertility."

She hopes that one or two of these clinics will be able to select embryos based on the possible presence of a hereditary cancer gene.

The controversial method will be discussed by the cabinet today. Carina Hilders says: "These matters are closely connected. When you diagnose cancer, you have to ask immediately: Do you want children? When the cancer is cured, the second question is: Do you want a healthy child?"

The most common method for preserving fertility is freezing embryos. An alternative method is the freezing of ovaries, but so far, the technique has resulted in only four pregnancies worldwide.

Food aid in Mogadishu
De Volkskrant has a picture on its front page of Dutch marines aboard the frigate Evertsen watching their comrades being transferred in speedboats to a freighter carrying food destined for the Somali capital Mogadishu.

The Dutch frigate, together with a Danish and a French vessel, is accompanying UN World Food Programme shipments until the end of June.

As a result of the naval escorts, no UN food shipment has been hijacked since November.

The Dutch mission ends at the end of June, no country has offered to take over. The WFP expects that in a few months it will have to feed 3.5 million people, or half the Somali population.

Reconstruction in Uruzgan
Also in today's de Volkskrant, a report on Dutch NGOs which are making preparations to set up reconstruction teams in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province.

Until recently, the NGOs, including Save the Children, Cordaid and Healthnet TPO, found the situation too dangerous.

The NGOs, united in the Dutch Consortium for Afghanistan, visited the provincial capital Tarin Kowt in May, and decided to jointly rent a building there.

Consortium spokesperson Marinke Ros says, "If we want to do more about sustainable development in Uruzgan, we will need a presence there".

The Dutch Consortium for Afghanistan has submitted a plan to the development cooperation ministry, which would have to pay for it. Development Minister Bert Koenders said he had not yet received the plan but welcomed the initiative: "I will give it my most positive scrutiny".

The Dutch government has been complaining for years it could not spend the money earmarked for Uruzgan because there were not enough NGOs on the ground to supervise projects.

Save the Children has announced it will hand out free educational material and start a literacy campaign aimed at adults. Cordaid will address clean drinking water issues, while Healtnet TPO intends to improve mental health care.

The defence ministry is happy about the plan because sustainable development is a matter for civilian experts, and, in the words of a ministry spokesperson, "The security situation in Tarin Kowt has apparently improved".

European Championship in the air
The European football championship are front page news in most of today's papers. Ahead of Friday's match between the Netherlands and France, De Telegraaf proclaims that Marco's (van Basten) champions are "Ready to do battle".

The accompanying photograph features portraits of tonight's line-up of players, all of whom have been given nicknames, such as 'the lion' for goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, 'the cannibal' for Khalid Boulahrouz, and 'the vacuum cleaner' for Wilfried de Jong.

Coach Marco van Basten is depicted as a roman gladiator, with a red, white and blue ribbon round his neck, the Dutch football union logo embossed on his suit of armour and a football under his arm.

AD has a rather more standard picture of Marco van Basten balancing a football on his head. The paper writes that the Dutch team is "Ready for the French". De Volkskrant says that the Netherlands is "In a pleasant state of shock" as a result of the 3-0 victory over the Italian team. The paper writes that "For the first time in years, the Dutch team is taken into account again. The nation wakes up with a smile".

"It seems like there is something in the air since Tuesday morning. As if Monday evening's fireworks, first in Bern and later in our district, have spread a feeling of intense satisfaction".

Trouw has a picture of six Dutch fans doing the conga in the Swiss capital Bern, with a group of amused locals on in the background. They are all dressed up in orange, the colour of the Dutch national team - orange wooden shoes, shorts, caps, skirts, shirts, wigs, dresses and bras.

They were all men.

[Radio Netherlands / Georg Schreuder Hes / Expatica]

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