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By Rob Coenen After years of speculations it has finally been confirmed. The ‘Monster of Loch Ness’, also known as Nessie, is real. On September 17th researchers have managed to capture the creature on one of the many webcams inside the lake. After a long hunt and a large dose of luck they successfully managed to put a tracking device on the creature so they can follow it anywhere it goes. The lake will be closed for at least half a year, as further research has to be done. Due to this discovery the Loch Ness lake will be closed for at least half a year. Mandy Hoesen, a local police officer, states that large fences will be placed all around the lake. Anyone who trespasses, gets fined. This will have an enormous impact on the local town Dores, which relies mainly on its tourism. Wiebe Dankers, mayor

of Dores, said the number of tourists will grow with huge numbers now that the monster has been confirmed. To cope with all these visitors the people of Dores are planning to use the many meadows in the town as a campsite. During the press conference there was one question on everybody’s lips: ‘What is it?’ Is it a reptile, a ginormous fish or is it perhaps a mammal? Unfortunately Kevin Strongmann and Gina Poortman, a Nessie-specialist and the representative of Nessie Hunters, couldn’t answer any of those questions. The video isn’t enough evidence to define what kind of animal it is.Things like the size, age and gender still has to be determent. It can take days, or even years before we know any more about this creature. “It does look a bit like the pictures”, Strongmann

said at the end. The discovery of Nessie also has a down side to it. The lake can turn into a Jurassic park-style attraction, and we all know how that ended. The increasing number of tourist will also have a large impact on the local environment. Something Imke Cremers, a nature conservator, is very concerned about. Loch Ness is a crucial lake for the local wild life and also of course for Nessie itself. The lake can get contaminated and that could already be the end for Nessie. The question is: “Do we know anything more about Nessie now?”. Not really. All we know now is that it is real and people don’t have to be afraid of it. It hasn’t eaten anyone in the last 80 years, so why would it now?


MASS MURDER ON FONTYS HOGESCHOLEN EINDHOVEN By Dennis Vereijken

On Sunday the 30th of September, a message came on Twitter. An individual is planning on taking a weapon to Fontys Hogeschool in Eindhoven with the intensions to make a mass murder. Why? No one knows. After the Tweet FHE planned a press conference. The press conference started off with Nady Egelmeers, the spokeswoman of the press conference. She introduced Marri de Kort a student at FHE and the first person who noticed the tweet. Tom van Herk the principal of FHE, police officer Joris Kersten and Joël Reaven, a psychologist. Marri told us she thought the whole thing was a joke so she didn’t took it very serious. Then she found out that it was an anonymous tweet and she got scared a bit. Marri send an email to the principal describing the situation. Luckily she was smart enough not to tell the other students anything because she thought it would cause a lot of panic among them. Principal Tom van Herk took the situation seriously, of course he has to, as he is responsible for the secureness for teachers, students en

other visitors at FHE. ‘The teachers were informed and the security was sharpened’, told van Herk. ‘The moment we read the tweet, the alarm bells started to rankle’, says police officer Joris Kersten. ‘We are prepared for the worst, we are going to check bags on school and we are going to localise the IP-adres from the tweet.’ Psychologist Joël Raeven told us about people who post these kind of tweets. ‘There are people who are mad at the world, school or even teachers’, Raeven said. ‘What they don’t know is that the victims can have several problems like post mediated stress’. After the press conference there was time for some questions. A journalist asked why the principal didn’t closed the school. Van Herk responded : ‘We can’t be sure about anything, we don’t want to cause panic among the students. Maybe it is just a joke. ’Together with Kersten we made up a plan. If there is something going on that day, we are well prepared. So we can assure you everything is going to be allright.’

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By Ricardo Pluijmers

The worlds biggest meteorite was been found yesterday in the forests of Hampshire. This means a big impact in the world, but also for this peaceful city. ‘The fireball may have wreaked some devastation, but out of the short local chaos opportunities have already emerged’, smiles the mayor of Southampton during the press conference. Ruby Cremers was the first witness of the impact during that night in the forest. ‘First I heard an unusual sound that took my attention and after that there was a big bang. Curiosity took a hold over me and I went looking for the cause of the noise. Finally standing near the impact, I saw a huge crater and a big, black-grey stone in the

middle of it. I didn’t knew what it was, but it definitely wasn’t from earth’, she says with firm eyes. ‘After I had called the police immediately, I was still full of adrenaline. I mean, who witnesses a meteor from space?’ To complement what Ruby saw that night, astronomer Mark Huts gives an answer: ‘A meteorite is a natural object originating from outer space, that survives impact with the Earth’s surface. A meteorite’s size can range from small to extremely large’. He comes to a conclusion: ‘It’s special because this one is so big. Usually they don’t get this far to Earth’. The investigation team spread the word that the asteroid came from the belt of Jupiter

Movies. Good for students?

Column written by Ricardo Pluijmers As a student, you are always having a Doesn’t matter, there’s enough materough and hectic time. Always study- rial to lift yourself up out of that ing, with hardly having some hours empty void. A lot of movies are based free time. This in turn means less re- on real life lessons. Go search for a laxation. A good balance between work movie that suits your mood! Get to and relaxation would be great! Perhaps know your main character and just watching movies is something for you? watch how he finds solutions that you haven’t found yet. It will definitely Creativity save you a lot of time! Doing a creative study? Try a movie that goes in different directions than English mainstream moviemakers, such as Last but not least, when you’re bad at Quentin Tarantino’s. Analyse the sen- English (and don’t want to put much tences that are being used or how the effort in learning it), watch a real Engstory is built up. What does it take to lish movie. As an amateur, you can acmake such a perfect movie? Inspire tivate an English dub or as an average yourself with new ideas and tech- learner you can watch without them. niques. Who knows this will give you Make it as difficult as you want: try a boost while making difficult home- writing some difficult words you hear in the movie, and correct them later. work. This should at least give you a little progress, shouldn’t it? Relaxation and Life lessons There are some days, when you’re studying at the same time, it IS poscompletely lost within yourself. sible!

and Mars. It is more than 4 billion years old. After Mr. Huts stated that it went with 18.000 km straight to our planet, geologist Levin reports it was a 2.5 on the Richter scale. ‘A small forest was damaged, but no one was hurt’, the police said. The officer continues: ‘All civilians were informed and calmed down after the happening. So there’s absolutely no worry for any worse case scenarios’. While investigation is still running, other people and organisations are trying to come up with a strategy to handle the upcoming measures. The head of the Southampton Museum seems rather very amused: ‘We are excited with the dis

covery. We already had an asteroid in our collection, but we can now expand with the number one largest stone of the world. This means we need to close the museum for a while, but when it is done there will be a grand opening for all who wants to see it. Of course we need to adhere to the rules we set by the government and mayor. So until now this is the only information we are bringing out into the public’. ‘Not only the museum, but the entire city will be lifted to a higher level. Being at the centre of world attention means we have a lot of things to do’, answers the mayor. ‘Our total economic market will be aimed at this project. This stone will make our city grow, and thanks to that fact, we will put the profits into our other cultural backgrounds to make it a tourist attraction as best as we can. In the end, all citizens will benefit from this delight’. A young, local civilian appends this thought: ‘It’s like the city wakened up since the quake. Everybody seems to be enjoying it, because nothing ever happens here. This is a memorable day for every one of us’.


The luck and look mix

Column written by Olaf Bus

Screaming girls, complete cover video’s, remakes of his video clips, parody’s and much, much more. You may probably guess who I mean. The immense popular teenager Justin Bieber. His significant fame is a little bit too much if you ask me. There are so much singers and songwriters that are way better than this selfish 18-year-old boy. The worst thing about it is that it’s just the way he looks. I asked a Bieber-fan what she liked about him. ‘I don’t know, he’s just so sexy’, she explained. She couldn’t even sing two lines of his most popular song ‘Baby.’ If we take a look at his live performances and his improvisations on television shows, the results are just horrible. He doesn’t even sing clear and has absolutely no rhythm. He also plays guitar, drums and trumpet. I cannot even begin to describe how that hurts my ears. The way he became famous is just a mix of luck and good looks. Usher’s record label asked him to perform for Usher and his managers. They gave Bieber a record deal immediately. Despite the enormous profit for his label, I wonder if Usher occasionally doubts about this contract. Justin not only fails at his music while performing live, he also fell from the stage a couple of times and he seems to misbehave while going out. Not so smart, Bieber!

HAREN, 7 sept 2012 – A fifteen-year-old girl from Haren, The Netherlands caused a lot of chaos after accidently inviting 400.000 people to her super sweet sixteen. She sent the invitations on Facebook with a ‘public’ status, so everyone was able to see and share it. At least 30 people were injured and the damage is over 1000.000 euros. As we all know, director Nima Nourizadeh released the movie ‘Project X’ last year. This nickname is also given to this unique, bizarre event. The party was promoted due a gigantic snowballeffect on different social media. The largest medium that spread the word was Facebook. The hosts of this big happening was a 21-year-old man from Christchurch, New Zealand. “A friend from Holland asked me to host this Facebook-

By Olaf Bus

event, because the consequences of this enormous Super Sweet Sixteen was a much discussed topic in The Netherlands”, he explained. The girl who accidentily invited all those people didn’t respond to any questions from the press. We only know that she, her family and some other villagers fled to an unknown place. On the concerning evening, a few thousand people were misbehaving. Among them were not only young party animals, but also football hooligans from different Dutch clubs. They demolished cars, shops and various statues. The damage-count is well over 1000.0000 euros. Who is going to pay the compensation has not yet been decided. Politicians and other governmental institutes

Dennis Vereijken


Olaf Bus


A dying breed? By Dennis Vereijken Column written by Rob Coenen We see them almost everywhere. At the trainstation, in the supermarket and even in museums. I’m not talking about elderly people who don’t know where they are, but I’m talking about the Quick Responsecode. Also known as the QR-code. You know. It’s like a white square wich has a lot of little black squares in it. It’s that code you can ‘scan’ with you’re smartphone or tablet. A code we all want to scan, but no one ever dus. Why don’t we do this? Before I’m going to give you the answer to this question, it’s important to know something about the history of this code. The QR-code first saw the daylight in 1994. A Japanese company (who else) invented the code to identify auto parts. Soon people started to realise that this code had a lot more up its sleeve. What also caused a rise in popularity of this code is the fact that it’s completely free and for everyone available. Well then! Enough history lessons for today. Back to our main question. Why doesn’t anyone scan these codes nowadays? I can be very short and clear about this: IT LOOKS STUPID! Who is seriously going to pick his smartphone out of his pocket to stand al alone in front of a poster to ‘scan’ it. Everyone will be looking at you as if you are delusional. You’re 3G mobile internet connection (if you even have one) is probably even too weak to load the page you just scanned. When you’re trying to

scan the code in a supermarket the employees will think you’re one of them, so before you know it they’ll start to ask you if you can work an extra hour. And what about museums. Using your mobile device in a museum makes you look uninterested and bored. So that’s not an option. However, companies are still using them as if it’s their daily routine. In the contrary, the number of QR-codes used by companies is even increasing! Nowadays, you’ll even see posters which only contain a QRcode because it should wake attention. Well? Not really, it has been done hundreds of times so that doesn’t make it original anymore now does it? Also packages on products contain our beloved QRcodes. I’d rather read what’s in the peanut butter then having to scan a freaking code. It may sound a bit as if I’m tearing the QRcode apart, but I do see a vast amount of potential in it. The QR-code has to go back to the basics. It should be doing what it was been invented for. In hospitals the inventory of medicines will be a lot easier. The QRcode can also help the internal communication in a company. For us consumers, it really gets useful when we can pay with our mobile devices. A code that can give you both information and allows you to pay the article at once will make the QR-code interesting again. The QR-code is dead, but it can simply rise from its own ashes.

Last Sunday, oktober 14 2012, it was there. There was a bird exhibition in the place where I walked trough my years of youth. A bird exhibition, a bird exhibition yes. I don’t get it. Why do you want to go to this kind of events? Yes I call It an event. My father is a lover of this flapping and squealing critters. And even I may, if father and mother are away on a holiday, can provide this animals from fresh water and enough new seeds. I get a little bit of the charme of these critters. I even enjoyed it when I did my daily duty for them. When I was finished with filling up the water and the feedingmanger, the animals where flapping en squealing happy. They rushed to the water and seeds and started to eat and drink. I even started to recognise some squeaks after a while. Back to the event. The dying breed. I had a conversation with an employee from Fitland (the place where the event took place). His task was to provide the people who came to the event from food en drinks. The story began with an description from

the people and what they were doing when they arrived. The conclusion was that the age wasn’t under 50, the mostly men were discussing tremendous about the colours of some birds, and that the group has an really big stomach. Grown up people who are making themselves mad about the ‘whiteness’ from some birds. People like you and me would say that al the birds are white over there, but the specialist who are over there would give you a lesson in bird colours. You feel it coming, nobody thought the same about the bird who had won the show. The part of the story what I remembered the most is the part where the employee told me about the eating habits of the group. I would call it wolfing. The employee was at the supermarket for the second time in 2 days. His stack of ‘kroketten and frikadellen’, where plundered . He was laughing about it himself. 200 kroketten and frikadellen, like it was nothing.

£19,Rob Coenen


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By Tim Buiting

Doing some research in a virus, mutating around, when you suddenly might have created a globally, life threatening pathogen. What to do? Looking around suspiciously and destroy it before anyone noticed it? Or instead investigate it to prevail it from getting so dangerous? This is about the recently discovered version of the birdflu H5N1, which is unlike the contagious virus for birds, now also contagious for human. Great panic in the politics and directions, but it turned to be less dangerous than it really was. ‘Pandemic’ and ‘Could kill hundred-millions of people’. Ferrets were used for an investigation of the virus but this model isn’t entirely trustworthy. Soms examples: the Mexican flu. Not a single ferret survived, while only 1 in 30.000 people died on this. Or the Spanish influenza, which killed all the ferrets as well,

only caused death for 1 in 100 people. There are far more possibilities in the natural circumstances of laboratory experiments than in the real world. That a virus can be contagious for human, doesn’t mean it immediately can cause entire epidemics. But what if such a virus is life threatening and causes those epidemics? What should happen with it? Infact, this dilemma has nothing to do with the bird flue, this applies for all viruses. There are countless possible viruses that can mutate to the category ‘life threatening’, so countless possibilities for evil plans as well. And that is namely what people are afraid of. They fear that when information about a dangerous virus gets publicated, it might lead to dangerous biological weapons in hands of terrorists or other malicious people. Globally, this can have extremely harmful consequences,

like a bio-bomb. This is a great risk and so a substantial argument. To counter that it shouldn’t be publiced or be censored, but isn’t that against scientific publication rights? Or are these rights irrelevant, next to the catastropic consequences? It could be that it is better to do publice this kind of data, despite the publication rights. The reason is that people can start doing research for a possible vaccine, to prevail these consequences. A race between scientists and terrorists who is faster. Prevailing seems to be the best option. The damage is done, the terrorists are aware and probably have their own microbiologists in service to make their little mass destruction weapon. Its better to stop hesitating and start thinking about your vaccin. They’ll find out anyway.


By Jeroen Heessels There has been a lot of speculation about whether it’s a good decision to change the minimum drinking age to eighteen. Despite all opposition, the government has recently decided to enforce the law. “Most teenagers drink to relax, but this can very easily get out of hand”, Meaza Jabore, minister of health, welfare and sports explained. “The new law will hopefully change this.” Medical specialist Melissa agrees. “There are a lot of things influencing the effect alcohol has on teenagers; sex, bodyweight, mood, age, the amount you’ve eaten beforehand etcetera. When it comes to alcohol; the older, the better.” This may sound logical, but other parties strongly disagree. “When you are given responsibility, you become more responsible.” Thijs van Uden protested. “Lowering

the legal age for alcohol will only slow down teenagers who are growing up.” However, having been a heavy drinker for years, Van Uden can see reason in the new law. “When I was sixteen, I partied almost every night. I even poisoned myself once by drinking too much. Maybe this law will change things for good.” When we asked him where his drinking problems began, Melanie Maas, Psychologist, shed some light on the matter. “Usually young people, even children, will start drinking out of curiosity. Or just to ‘be cool’. These things might lead to troubles with the kids’ school of at home. The new law will surely tackle these problems.” Predictions cannot yet be done, but soon we will all know how the changes effect the youth. Due this winter the new laws be enforced.

“When you are given responsibility, you become more responsible.”

Music can’t be taught

Musicians are everywhere. When you enter a bus, you might sit next to one. The blue-eyed lady asking you to follow her to your table in a restaurant, could be a talented pianist. After paying a visit to your grandma in her elder house, a guitarist behind a desk might greet you on your way out. Music is spread out over the whole society and yet it is so easily looked over. My question is, can all these ‘musicians’ actually play music? Do the they just know how to play music, or do they understand it? Can music be taught? Firstly I must explain how I fit in this story. You see, I’m a eighteen year old student. Born and raised in Holland. And for quite some time now I’ve been playing various instruments and genres, just so I could try and understand music. I am self-taught, which made me very insightful (read: stubborn) and passionate. So some time ago, I visited a local school for music. For me it was a little slice of Heaven; everybody was enthusiastic and I could relate to them all! I couldn’t wait to start my study there! But when I saw the subjects I was ought

Column written by Jeroen Heessels

to take next year, everything changed. “Note placement” for example, what the hell is that? Are they going to tell me where I should put which notes in MY music?! Then it isn’t my music anymore, is it? Well, this is where the stubborn part kicks in. The part where I realised that music is such a personal thing to have and an even more personal thing to question, that I started to doubt it’s education. So can it be taught? The answer is no. And I’ll explain why. Music for me is about sharing your feelings through an instrument. Playing these instruments you can learn from others. But to be a true musician you must not only master your instrument. You must also master your own emotions. To be a true musician is to feel. Not to know. That’s why music can’t be taught. Jeroen Heessels


For those on the ground, visibility was down to 300m, or around 1,000 ft.But anyone fortunate to be high up got an unforgettable view of Dubai in the fog. Luckily, there are lots of viewpoints in the desert kingdom, dominated by the 830m (2,700ft) Burj Khalifa - world’s tallest building. The phenomenon is down to a seasonal mix of plunging temperatures and rising humidity. Only when the Sun rises to burn away the mist each day does the desert appear clearly again. Everyone should have seen this once. And I, with my age of 19, have been allowed to see it. It’s beautiful, stunning, gorgeous; there are no words to describe the

Column written by Tim Buiting

beautiful view you see from the highest buildings of the city. Would you imagine how it looks like when whole Amsterdam is in the mist? We would all think that we’re ended up in the land of Tita Tovenaar and became angels from above. How funny would that be! However, this beautiful photo was shot by a German photographer Thom Rusingh. The 32-year-old man took the elevator to the top floor, walked through the outer and thought for a second he was in heaven. After he ‘revived’, he grapped his camera and shot this dream that (for him) came true. He might be a magician?

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