Dutch news in brief, Tuesday 24 March 2009

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Read the roundup of today's Dutch press from Radio Netherlands.

Dutch Finance Minister to tackle bonus culture
NRC Handelsblad reports that Finance Minister Wouter Bos "backs tough measures to tackle the bonus culture".

In a written parliamentary reply, he says bonuses and variable pay will be set "at zero" in future government bailout deals. "I share the frustration about the sometimes huge bonuses at financial institutions and the warped incentives these can give rise to".

The paper says the minister may introduce tax or other legislation to claw back extra payments already awarded.

When asked about what he felt about the ING banking group’s "moral appeal" to managers to give back their 2008 bonuses, Bos said the gesture was "a good beginning, but not enough".

Name-and-shame paedophile website on trial
Nrc.next covers the case brought by a convicted paedophile against a name-and-shame website.

The paedophile named by the site is demanding his details be removed from the website and that its organiser pay him EUR 750,000 in damages.

The Dutch woman behind the site claims it is run from the United States and that she is just its spokesperson. Two name-and-shame sites helped managed were earlier shut down by the courts.

"Everyone should know who these probable paedophiles are and how they operate," she argued.

As well as raising the spectre of lynch law, one of her opponents argues that "hunting down" paedophiles just forces them underground and is counterproductive.

The judge is due to hand down a verdict on Tuesday.

The long march to 100
The Protestant daily, Trouw, treats us to a photo of a smiling Johnny Jansen, sitting comfortably and looking much less than his 100 years. A sermon always to the ready, the paper tells us that, unlike most men, he has managed to become a centenarian by walking 10 kilometres a day.

His walking frame is equipped with an odometer. One thing he doesn't do any more is join in the weekly sing-along. He is now so deaf that he can't sing in tune and doesn't want "to put the others through that".

Trouw goes on to report far fewer men than women live to 100. Of the 62 Dutch people aged 105 or older at the start of 2009, only six were men.

An expert said: "In other countries, the life expectancy of men has risen much faster. So, it is possible". He thinks the care of the elderly in the Netherlands is short of the mark and that research should be done into why men seem to be harder hit by the shortcomings than women.

K3 breaks up
Kathleen of K3 is leaving the Belgian girl band which has charmed a decade of Dutch girls.

De Telegraaf quotes an "emotional" Kathleen as saying: "It was a really hard decision. But, I'm now 30 and feel that I should do something else."

Kristel gushed: "No matter how weird it'll be to perform without Kathleen, Karen and I plan to continue with K3".

Radio Netherlands / Mike Wilcox / Expatica

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