Dutch news in brief, 22 February 2006

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A million seek wages drop, The purchasing power of at least one million households has dropped sharply since 1 January, the MHP union for middle and higher personnel said on Wednesday. The union said it had received thousands of calls from members in January who have experienced a drop in their wages. Research confirmed that households have experienced a drop of up to 5 percent in purchasing power due to changes to the health insurance system. The government claimed on Budget Day last year few people if an

A million seek wages drop

The purchasing power of at least one million households has dropped sharply since 1 January, the MHP union for middle and higher personnel said on Wednesday. The union said it had received thousands of calls from members in January who have experienced a drop in their wages. Research confirmed that households have experienced a drop of up to 5 percent in purchasing power due to changes to the health insurance system. The government claimed on Budget Day last year few people if any would lose out due to the changes. The MHP has added its voice to organisations calling for the government to compensate the public.

Two insurers won't insist on March deadline

Consumer group Consumentenbond called on the government on Wednesday to give people until 1 April to switch health insurers. Under the new system that came into force in January, the public has until 1 March to change insurers. Their new policies will be backdated to January and their old insurer will refund the premium. But Consumentenbond said many people don't want to abandon one policy until they have a new one in their hands. Two large insurers, Zilveren Kruis Achmea and CZ, said they would insist rigidly its clients adhere to the deadline.

Man gets 12 years for killing transsexual

A court in Amsterdam sentenced Marco H., 21, to 12 years in jail on Wednesday for the murder of Thai transsexual Irene last year. A friend discovered the victim's body in her home in Amsterdam's Red Light District in mid July. She had stab wounds to the face, neck and chest; a rope was tied tightly around her neck and a towel was stuffed into her mouth. H. worked with the victim in a gay bar and he made nine different statements about the killing.

Humans wiped out Mammoth

Humans were responsible for the extinction of species such as the mammoth, cave lion and Irish elk, Professor Theunis Piersma of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen said on Wednesday. It is often claimed these animals died out as a result of climate change but the professor said humans wiped them out.

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